Age judgments of human figures by children, ranging in age from 3 through 9 years, were investigated. The stimuli consisted of 4 different male figures drawn according to typical physical characteristics of the middle-aged adult, adolescent child, and infant. The figures were reproduced in 2 sizes and were matched in all possible pairings. Ss' accuracy in age judgments increased steadily over the 7 age levels. The errors of young Ss were primarily due to a figural-size response set. Older Ss made increasing use of other physical features in making their judgments. Implications of these findings were discussed with references to the theoretical framework of Piaget.
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Looft, William R.; Patton, James E.; Charles, Don C.; Gundelach, Barbara; and Magnuson, Kathryn
"Children's Judgments of Age,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 77(1), 296-301.
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