Information Integration by Children

Information Integration by Children

Information Integration by Children

Information Integration by Children

Excerpt

This book is based on a conference held in June 1977 in Kassel, Germany. The conference was part of a broad program for the advancement of developmental psychology in Germany being sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation. One main aim of this program was to improve the scientific interchange between developmental psychologists, both within Germany and with other countries. The publication of this book is one step in that direction.

The conference was planned and organized by the first two editors of this book. The topic of information integration by children attracted us for several reasons. First, there was promising research in Germany that could be subsumed under this general theme, the single attempts, however, being scattered over different laboratories with little or no contact among each other. Second, there were interesting new developments in this area in the United States that we thought should be made known to the German audience without the usual transatlantic lag. Third, we hoped that it would be interesting in itself to bring together the diverse American approaches to the study of information integration by children.

In inviting the speakers for the conference, we attempted to have a broad coverage. Fortunately, all six American researchers whom we asked accepted our invitation. The other participants at the conference were about twenty psychologists from the German-speaking countries. Of this group, four each presented a paper. In addition to those contained in this book, Eva and Michael Dreher (University of Augsburg) talked about "Information processing strategies of children and adolescents in tasks of different levels of complexity," and Peter Heymans (University of Nijmegen) presented a paper entitled "Social-cognitive development: Formalization of some aspects with . . .

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