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The end-state comfort effect in 3- to 8-year-old children in two object manipulation tasks

Knudsen, Birgit; Henning, Anne; Wunsch, Kathrin; Weigelt, Matthias; Aschersleben, Gisa

Abstract (englisch):

The aim of the study was to compare 3- to 8-year-old children’s propensity to anticipate a comfortable hand posture at the end of a grasping movement (end-state comfort effect) between two different object manipulation tasks, the bar-transport task, and the overturned-glass task. In the bar-transport task, participants were asked to insert a vertically positioned bar into a small opening of a box. In the overturned-glass task, participants were asked to put an overturned-glass right-side-up on a coaster. Half of the participants experienced action effects (lights) as a consequence of their movements (AE groups), while the other half of the participants did not (No-AE groups). While there was no difference between the AE and No-AE groups, end-state comfort performance differed across age as well as between tasks. Results revealed a significant increase in end-state comfort performance in the bar-transport task from 13% in the 3-year-olds to 94% in the 8-year-olds. Interestingly, the number of children grasping the bar according to end-state comfort doubled from 3 to 4 years and from 4 to 5 years of age. In the overturned-glass task an increase in end-state comfort performance from already 63% in the 3-year-olds to 100% in the 8-year-olds was significant as well. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000079450
Veröffentlicht am 26.01.2018
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00445
Zitationen: 44
Web of Science
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 29.10.2012
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1664-1078
KITopen-ID: 1000079450
Erschienen in Frontiers in psychology
Verlag Frontiers Media SA
Band 3
Seiten Article: 445/1-10
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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