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Piecing together the puzzle of pictorial representation: How jigsaw puzzles index metacognitive development

  Jigsaw puzzles are ubiquitous developmental toys in Western societies, used here to examine the development of metarepresentation. For jigsaw puzzles this entails understanding that individual pieces, when assembled, produce a picture. In Experiment 1, 3-to 5-year-olds (N=117) completed jigsaw puzzles that were normal, had no picture, or comprised non-interlocking rectangular pieces. Pictorial puzzle completion was associated with mental and graphical metarepresentational task performance. Guide pictures of completed pictorial puzzles were not useful. In Experiment 2, 3- to 4-year-olds (N=52) completed a simplified task, to choose the correct final piece. Guide-use associated with age and specifically graphical metarepresentation performance. We conclude that the pragmatically natural measure of jigsaw puzzle completion ability demonstrates general and pictorial metarepresentational development at 4 years.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    20 January 2020

  • Publication Status:

    Accepted

  • Publisher

    Wiley

  • ISSN:

    0009-3920

  • Funders:

    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)

Citation

Doherty, M., Wimmer, M., Golleck, C., Robinson, E., & Stone, C. (in press). Piecing together the puzzle of pictorial representation: How jigsaw puzzles index metacognitive development. Child Development,

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