Developmental improvements in reaching correction efficiency are associated with an increased ability to represent action mentally

Fuelscher, Ian, Williams, Jacqueline and Hyde, Christian 2015, Developmental improvements in reaching correction efficiency are associated with an increased ability to represent action mentally, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 140, pp. 74-91, doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.06.013.

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Title Developmental improvements in reaching correction efficiency are associated with an increased ability to represent action mentally
Author(s) Fuelscher, IanORCID iD for Fuelscher, Ian orcid.org/0000-0002-4875-0105
Williams, Jacqueline
Hyde, ChristianORCID iD for Hyde, Christian orcid.org/0000-0003-4833-4782
Journal name Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Volume number 140
Start page 74
End page 91
Total pages 18
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-07-29
ISSN 1096-0457
Keyword(s) Action representation
Double-step reaching
Hand rotation
Internal modeling
Motor imagery
Online control
Summary We investigated the purported association between developmental changes in the efficiency of online reaching corrections and improved action representation. Younger children (6-7years), older children (8-12years), adolescents (13-17years), and young adults (18-24years) completed a double-step reaching paradigm and a motor imagery task. Results showed similar nonlinear performance improvements across both tasks, typified by substantial changes in efficiency after 6 or 7years followed by incremental improvements. Regression showed that imagery ability significantly predicted reaching efficiency and that this association stayed constant across age. Findings provide the first empirical evidence that more efficient online control through development is predicted, partly, by improved action representation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.06.013
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074877

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