Switching from one activity to another can be hard for young children, but it's an important skill for kindergartners. What does cognitive and brain science tell us about preschoolers' ability to "switch gears?"
Home page of Gedeon Deák, Professor of Cognitive Science and Human Development at the University of California, San Diego. Director of the Cognitive Development Lab.
Chang, L., de Barbaro, K., & Deák, G.O. (2016). Contingencies between infants' gaze, vocal, and manual actions and mothers' object-naming: longitudinal changes from 4 to 9 months. Developmental Neuropsychology.
Deák, G.O., & Wiseheart, M. (2015). Cognitive flexibility in young children: A general or task-specific capacity? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 138, 31-53. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.04.003
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