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J Exp Child Psychol. 1993 Oct;56(2):254-65.

Processing time decreases globally at an exponential rate during childhood and adolescence.

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Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Abstract

Children (N = 108) from 6 to 16 years of age and adults (N = 108) were tested on four speeded tasks that included 19 different experimental conditions. The 6- to 16-year-olds' response times (RTs) increased linearly as a function of adults' RTs in those same conditions. The slope of this linear function declined exponentially with age at a rate that could be predicted accurately from values established in previous research.

PMID:
8245769
DOI:
10.1006/jecp.1993.1034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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