Children can learn to communicate in a word-pair task: Evidence against egocentrism

Ann L. Saltzman, David Townsend

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Showed 48 kindergarten, 48 2nd-, and 48 4th-grade Ss word-pairs (e.g., cow-horse) and asked them to generate a 1-word clue that did not rhyme with the target word (cow) so that another person could guess which was the underlined word. Each S was assigned to a good-communicator or poor-communicator group and was then assigned to a training condition or a no-training condition. Ss in the training condition were taught how to generate effective clues. The results indicate that training fosters an increase in clue generation ability and that communication ability in a word-pair task is modifiable. (6 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-84
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1980


  • nonegocentric communication ability, kindergartners vs 2nd vs 4th graders
  • training to generate effective clues in word-pair task, subsequent clue generation ability &


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