Université de Fribourg

Development of mental rotation in 3- to 5-year-old children

Frick, Andrea ; Hansen, Melissa A. ; Newcombe, Nora S.

In: Cognitive Development, 2013, vol. 28, no. 4, p. 386-399

We assessed 3- to 5-year-olds’ mental rotation abilities using a new puzzle paradigm. It allows for assessment of mental rotation abilities in children younger than 5 years, using a task comparable to ones used with older children and adults. Children saw pairs of asymmetrical ghost figures, either as three-dimensional cut-outs or two-dimensional paper versions, in seven orientations. One of...