Navigating through apertures: perceptual judgement and actions of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder

Wilmut, K., Du, W. ORCID: 0000-0002-5115-7214 and Barnett, A.L., 2017. Navigating through apertures: perceptual judgement and actions of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science, 20 (6): e12462. ISSN 1363-755X

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Passing through a narrow gap/aperture involves a perceptual judgement regarding the size of the gap and an action to pass through. Children with DCD are known to have difficulties with perceptual judgments in near space but whether this extends to far space is unknown. Furthermore, in a recent study it was found that adults with DCD do not scale movements when walking through an aperture in the same way as their peers. The current study, therefore, considered perceptual judgments and motor behaviour of children with DCD while looking at or walking through apertures. Twenty-nine children with DCD and 29 typically developing (TD) children took part. In Experiment 1, participants completed a perceptual task, where they made passability judgements. Children with DCD showed a significantly smaller critical ratio (aperture size at which a participant first rotates the shoulders to pass through) compared to their TD peers. In Experiment 2, participants completed an action task where they walked through the same apertures. Children with DCD showed a significantly larger critical ratio than TD peers when body size alone was accounted for. Taken together these results suggest that perception within a static context is different from that within a dynamic context for children with DCD. However, despite this difference we have demonstrated a clear relationship between perception and action in children with DCD.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Developmental Science
Creators: Wilmut, K., Du, W. and Barnett, A.L.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 30 November 2017
Volume: 20
Number: 6
ISSN: 1363-755X
Rights: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 30 Sep 2016 12:50
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 11:20

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