The relationship between executive functions and fantasy orientation

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dc.contributor Conners, Frances A.
dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.advisor Gilpin, Ansley T. Pierucci, Jillian 2017-03-01T14:39:04Z 2017-03-01T14:39:04Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000549
dc.identifier.other Pierucci_alatus_0004M_10712
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study explored whether there were developmental benefits to being fantasy-oriented. Past research reveals that around 3 years old, children begin to develop executive functions, such as attentional shift, working memory, cognitive inhibitory control, and behavioral inhibitory control. Simultaneously, children develop an understanding of the difference between fantasy and reality, with some children developing a strong preference towards fantastical play and thinking. One hundred and six preschoolers were given a battery of executive function and fantasy orientation measures during two interviews with an experimenter, in addition to collecting parent and teacher questionnaires. The relationship between children's executive function performance and fantasy orientation development was examined to explore if any developmental benefits exist with being fantasy-oriented. Results suggested that there might be specific developmental benefits to being a high fantasy-oriented child, such as better behavioral inhibition skills and working memory.
dc.format.extent 57 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title The relationship between executive functions and fantasy orientation
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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