A developmental examination of ratings of associative strength
Accepted: 09 November 1984 DOI:
10.3758/BF03200850 Cite this article as: Bjorklund, D.F. & Jacobs, J.W. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers (1984) 16: 568. doi:10.3758/BF03200850 Abstract
Ratings of associative strength between members of pairs of categorically related words were obtained for children from Grades 3,4,6, and 8 and for college adults. Correlations of ratings were high among the five grade levels, indicating that associative relations are an early form of semantic representation that change minimally in development.
Portions of this research were based on a thesis by the second author in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts degree at Florida Atlantic University. We wish to thank the staff and students of Henderson University School for their cooperation in conducting this study. We also wish to thank Beth Halleck for her assistance in data collection and analysis and Barbara R. Bjorklund for comments on an earlier draft of the manuscript.
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