A Semantic Congruity Effect in Children's Acquisition of High and Low

Brigette Oliver Ryalls, Emily Winslow, Linda B. Smith

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Abstract

The Semantic Congruity Effect (SCE) is the finding that children and adults asked to compare pairs of objects drawn from a series perform better when the direction of comparison coincides with the location of the objects in the series. Experiment 1 confirmed that this effect is due to an understanding of the dimension words involved and not to general perceptual strategies by varying the words used to ask about the same stimuli (i.e.:higher/lowervsover/under). Experiment 2 examined children's understanding ofhigher/lowerand found that the SCE could be reduced or enhanced by altering the stimulus context. Theoretical explanations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-557
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Memory and Language
Volume39
Issue number4
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StatePublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes

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A Semantic Congruity Effect in Children's Acquisition of High and Low. / Ryalls, Brigette Oliver; Winslow, Emily; Smith, Linda B.

In: Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 39, No. 4, 11.1998, p. 543-557.

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Ryalls, Brigette Oliver ; Winslow, Emily ; Smith, Linda B. / A Semantic Congruity Effect in Children's Acquisition of High and Low. In: Journal of Memory and Language. 1998 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 543-557.
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