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Mirror writing in typically developing children: A first longitudinal study

Abstract : The present study examined the development of mirror writing in typically developing children using a longitudinal design involving 166 children initially aged 4–5 years. The children were tested three times, with approximately one year between tests. The main predictions were that: (i) mirror copying of characters at T1 (4- to 5-years old) will be less frequent than mirror writing from memory at T2 (5- to 6-years old), (ii) an implicit right-writing rule—which holds that children orient single characters toward the right and hence most frequently reverse the left-oriented characters (e.g., 3, J)—explains well both character reversal at T2 and T3 and changes between T2 and T3 (6- to 7-years old), and (iii) name-mirror writing is possible as soon as children start learning to write.
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Jean-Paul Fischer, Anne-Marie Koch. Mirror writing in typically developing children: A first longitudinal study. Cognitive Development, Elsevier, 2016, 38, pp.114 - 124. ⟨10.1016/j.cogdev.2016.02.005⟩. ⟨hal-01586996⟩



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