Reflectivity Bias in Picture-Pointing Grammatical Comprehension Tasks Two studies, one correlational and one experimental, supported the hypothesis that 4- and 5-year-olds' performance on a picture-pointing grammatical comprehension task administered under standard procedures is highly influenced by reflectivity style. In the first study, a substantial correlation was obtained between reflectivity and picture-pointing grammatical comprehension task performance. This correlation ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1984
Reflectivity Bias in Picture-Pointing Grammatical Comprehension Tasks
 
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  • David N. Shorr
    Central Washington University, Ellensburg
  • Philip S. Dale
    University of Washington, Seattle
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1984
Reflectivity Bias in Picture-Pointing Grammatical Comprehension Tasks
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1984, Vol. 27, 549-556. doi:10.1044/jshr.2704.549
History: Received January 3, 1983 , Accepted April 22, 1984
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1984, Vol. 27, 549-556. doi:10.1044/jshr.2704.549
History: Received January 3, 1983; Accepted April 22, 1984

Two studies, one correlational and one experimental, supported the hypothesis that 4- and 5-year-olds' performance on a picture-pointing grammatical comprehension task administered under standard procedures is highly influenced by reflectivity style. In the first study, a substantial correlation was obtained between reflectivity and picture-pointing grammatical comprehension task performance. This correlation was significantly greater than that between reflectivity and object-manipulation grammatical comprehension task performance. In the second study, a reflectivity-promoting but grammatically irrelevant modification in the administration of the picture-pointing task resulted in significantly improved comprehension scores and a significantly lower correlation with reflectivity.

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