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How Visuo-Spatial Mental Imagery Develops: Image Generation and Maintenance
  Two experiments examined the nature of visuo-spatial mental imagery generation and maintenance in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-year old children and adults (N = 211). The key questions were how image generation and maintenance develop (Experiment 1) and how accurately children and adults coordinate mental and visually perceived images (Experiment 2). Experiment 1 indicated that basic image generation and maintenance abilities are present at 4 years of age but the precision with which images are generated and maintained improves particularly between 4 and 8 years. In addition to increased precision, Experiment 2 demonstrated that generated and maintained mental images become increasingly similar to visually perceived objects. Altogether, findings suggest that for simple tasks demanding image generation and maintenance, children attain adult-like precision younger than previously reported. This research also sheds new light on the ability to coordinate mental images with visual images in children and adults.

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    12 November 2015

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    Public Library of Science (PLoS)

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    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Wimmer, M. C., Maras, K. L., Robinson, E. J., Doherty, M. J., & Pugeault, N. (2015). How Visuo-Spatial Mental Imagery Develops: Image Generation and Maintenance. PLOS ONE, 10, e0142566--e0142566.


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