Inhibition and the human movement response in children
Eisman, Howard David
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This investigation examined the relationships between children's perception of human movement on inkblots (M) and the inhibitory behavior and maternal fostering of inhibition with which it has been hypothetically associated. The hypotheses predicted: I . Children who perceive a comparatively large amount of M have greater inhibitory tendencies than children who produce comparatively few M responses. II . Children who shOl-T a comparatively large amount of inhibitory behavior have mothers who foster inhibition more than do the mothers of those chiloren who show comparatively little irulibitory behavior. III . Children who perceive a comparatively large amount of M have mothers who foster inhibition more than do the mothers of those children who produce comparatively few M responses. Children's M perception was measured with a group administration of a series of inkblots selected from the Holtzman and Rorschach tests for their M-eliciting qualities. The children's inhibitory behavior was determined with a series of match stick problems. Subjects were given a design made of match sticks and asked to remove some of the match sticks and make a different design. The children's reaction times in beginning the problems (delay of action) and the amount of physical movement in which they engaged (motoric inhibition) were the two measures of inhibitory tendencies [TRUNCATED]
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