A multidimensional scaling study of visual memory of 5-year olds and adults

Phipps Arabie, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Keith E. Nelson

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Nonmetric multidimensional scaling is expounded as a methodology for investigating memory development. Judgements of similarities between complex objects were obtained from 5-year-olds and adults under two conditions: (1) when objects were simultaneously present at the time of comparison, and (2) when the objects were not simultaneously present and had to be compared on the basis of short-term memory. Scaling solutions for similarity judgments by each age group in the two conditions were obtained. Comparison within each age group of the configurations from the memory condition with the simultaneous condition indicated that the internal representations of both children and adults contained much of the information the subjects extracted from the stimuli during "direct" perception. The scaling techniques, which could be widely applied in developmental studies of memory and perception, are explained and critically discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-345
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of experimental child psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1975

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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