The Relationship between Finger Dexterity and Numerical Abilities of Young Children
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- ヨウジ ニ オケル シュシ ノ コウチセイ ト ケイサン ノウリョク ノ カンケイ
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Previous research has shown that the performance of children on arithmetic tests was predictable based on their performance on neuro-psychological tests. In this study an experiment was conducted on 5-6 year old children (N=48) to clarify the relationship between finger dexterity and numerical abilities. The results showed a significant correlations between finger dexterity and numerical abilities. In addition, the findings remained significant after partialing out the effects of age and performance test scores, or age and short-term memory capacity scores. Moreover, the correlation coefficient between finger dexterity and numerical abilities was greater than the correlation coefficient between short-term memory capacity and numerical abilities. These finding suggested that the relationship between finger dexterity and numerical abilities among preschool children were stronger than was indicated by previous findings.
- The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology
The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 20 (3), 243-250, 2009
Japan Society of Developmental Psychology