Young Children's Preference for Complementary Pairs. Evidence Against a Shift to a Taxonomic Preference

Daryl Greenfield, Marcia S. Scott

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Abstract

The development of conceptual preference for complementary versus taxonomic relationships was examined in children ranging from 3 to 15 years of age. The triads procedure was used with picture pairings familiar to the youngest age group. The data revealed a preference for complementary pairing for all age groups. Studies that have shown a shift from a complementary to a taxonomic conceptual preference in the early school years were reviewed. The utility of conceptualizing the increased use of taxonomic organization with age as a shift in preference is questioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-21
Number of pages3
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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Young Children's Preference for Complementary Pairs. Evidence Against a Shift to a Taxonomic Preference. / Greenfield, Daryl; Scott, Marcia S.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 22, No. 1, 01.01.1986, p. 19-21.

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