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Titre du document / Document title

Cognitive Flexibility in Drawings of Bilingual Children

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

ADI-JAPHA Esther (1) ; BERBERICH-ARTZI Jennie (1) ; LIBNAWI Afaf (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Bar-Ilan University, ISRAEL

Résumé / Abstract

A. Karmiloff-Smith's (1990) task of drawing a nonexistent object is considered to be a measure of cognitive flexibility. The notion of earlier emergence of cognitive flexibility in bilingual children motivated the current researchers to request 4- and 5-year-old English-Hebrew and Arabic-Hebrew bilingual children and their monolingual peers to draw a flower and a house that do not exist (N = 80). Bilinguals exhibited a significantly higher rate of interrepresentational flexibility in their drawings (e.g., "a giraffe flower," "a chair-house," found in 28 of 54 drawings), whereas the level of complex intrarepresentational change was similar across groups. Interrepresentational drawings were previously reported only for children older than 7 years. The specific mechanisms by which bilinguals' language experience may lead to interrepresentational flexibility are discussed.

Revue / Journal Title

Child development    ISSN  0009-3920   CODEN CHDEAW 

Source / Source

2010, vol. 81, no5, pp. 1356-1366 [11 page(s) (article)] (1 p.1/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, ETATS-UNIS  (1930) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Language

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Cognition

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Human

;

Preschool age

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Child

;

Hebrew

;

English

;

Experimental study

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Pictural drawing

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Bilingualism

;

Intellectual flexibility

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Langage

;

Cognition

;

Homme

;

Age préscolaire

;

Enfant

;

Hébreu

;

Anglais

;

Etude expérimentale

;

Dessin

;

Bilinguisme

;

Flexibilité intellectuelle

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Lenguaje

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Cognición

;

Hombre

;

Edad preescolar

;

Niño

;

Hebreo

;

Inglés

;

Estudio experimental

;

Dibujo

;

Bilingüismo

;

Flexibilidad intelectual

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 4558, 35400019273003.0020

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