The Credible Shrinking Room: Very Young Children's Performance With Symbolic and Nonsymbolic Relations

@article{Deloache1997TheCS,
  title={The Credible Shrinking Room: Very Young Children's Performance With Symbolic and Nonsymbolic Relations},
  author={Judy S Deloache and Kevin F. Miller and Karl S. Rosengren},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={1997},
  volume={8},
  pages={308 - 313}
}
Becoming a proficient symbol user is a universal developmental task in the first years of life, but detecting and mentally representing symbolic relations can be quite challenging for young children To test the extent to which symbolic reasoning per se is problematic, we compared the performance of 2 1/2-year-olds in symbolic and nonsymbolic versions of a search task. The children had to use their knowledge of the location of a toy hidden in a room to draw an inference about where to find a… 

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