One step at a time: Multimodal interfaces and children's executive functioning

Peter Edward McKenna, O. Lemon, M. Corley, D. Boa, G. Rajendran

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Abstract

The following study outlines a new computerized executive function task (Slippy's Adventure) inspired by the Towers of Hanoi task. The main focus was to determine if the task was developmentally sensitive. A further consideration was how physical embodiment would affect performance. This line of enquiry arose from recent developments in HCI (human-computer interaction), in particular, multimodal interfaces. To investigate the role of embodiment children completed Slippy's Adventure using an electronic floor mat and a computer keyboard. The results supported our hypothesis that 7 year olds would outperform 5 year olds. However, physical action did not have an ameliorative effect on performance as predicted. The implications of these findings are discussed with future considerations suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014 - 4th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics
PublisherIEEE
Pages421-425
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479975402
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event4th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics 2014 - Genoa, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 201416 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference4th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics 2014
Abbreviated titleIEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGenoa
Period13/10/1416/10/14

Keywords

  • Developmental psychology
  • embodied cognition
  • Executive function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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