Journal article

Children Can Implicitly, but Not Voluntarily, Direct Attention in Time

Katherine A Johnson, Emma Burrowes, Jennifer T Coull

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Children are able to use spatial cues to orient their attention to discrete locations in space from around 4 years of age. In contrast, no research has yet investigated the ability of children to use informative cues to voluntarily predict when an event will occur in time. The spatial and temporal attention task was used to determine whether children were able to voluntarily orient their attention in time, as well as in space: symbolic spatial and temporal cues predicted where or when an imperative target would appear. Thirty typically developing children (average age 11 yrs) and 32 adults (average age 27 yrs) took part. Confirming previous findings, adults made use of both spatial and tempo..

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