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Looking ahead: Children’s inferences from picture books

Lee, Ruth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8854-1968 and Ganea, Patricia (2013) Looking ahead: Children’s inferences from picture books. In: Cognitive Development Society, 18-19 October 2013, Memphis, Tennessee USA. (Unpublished)

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The ability to create and update mental models of story events as they unfold is essential for narrative comprehension. Previous research shows that by 2.5 years of age, children can update their mental representations of object properties and location when given explicit verbal information. It is currently not known whether children of this age can update their mental models using implicit information, such as statements or images that afford predictive inferences. By manipulating picture-text encoding conditions, the present research investigates 23- to 30-month-old children’s ability to update their mental representations by drawing inferences from a picture book. It is possible that the process of actively constructing a mental model via an inferencing process will facilitate children’s performance. However, it is also possible that the cognitive processing costs of this process will hinder
children’s mental updating.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7036

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