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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Visual signals and children's communication: negative effects on task outcome
Author(s): Doherty-Sneddon, Gwyneth
McAuley, Sandra
Bruce, Vicki
Langton, Stephen
Blokland, Arjan
Anderson, Anne H
Keywords: Cognitive demand
Problem-solving in children
Auditory perception in children
Interpersonal communication in children
Signal detection (Psychology)
Issue Date: Nov-2000
Date Deposited: 13-Jun-2008
Citation: Doherty-Sneddon G, McAuley S, Bruce V, Langton S, Blokland A & Anderson AH (2000) Visual signals and children's communication: negative effects on task outcome. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 18 (4), pp. 595-608.
Abstract: Previous research has found that young children fail to adapt to audio-only interaction (e.g. Doherty-Sneddon & Kent, 1996), and perform difficult communication tasks better face-to-face. In this new study, children aged 6- and 10 year-olds were compared in face-to-face and audio-only interaction. A problem-solving communication task involving description of abstract stimuli was employed. When describing the abstract stimuli both groups of children showed evidence of face-to-face interference rather than facilitation. It is concluded that, contrary to previous research, for some communication tasks access to visual signals (such as facial expression and eye gaze) may hinder rather than help children’s communication.
DOI Link: 10.1348/026151000165878

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