Cognitive Processing in Learning Disabled and Normally Achieving Boys in a Goal-Oriented Task

  • D. Kim Reid
  • Iris Knight-Arest
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


Ten normally achieving and ten learning disabled boys were studied as they performed a block balancing task. Some of the blocks had obvious and some had hidden weights. The learning disabled boys performed very much like younger children: they placed the blocks randomly and then adjusted them proprioceptively or they placed the blocks at their geometric center or in the spot where the previous block had balanced. Many had no theories about how things balance or described specific instances rather than rules. Inefficient language and stress-related avoidance behaviors were evident. The two learning disabled boys who expressed initial theories, however, performed more like their normally achieving peers.


Cognitive Processing Geometric Center Disable Child Learn Disable Initial Theory 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Kim Reid
    • 1
  • Iris Knight-Arest
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas at Dallas RichardsonTexasUSA
  2. 2.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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