Training disadvantaged preschoolers on various fantasy activities: effects on cognitive functioning and impulse control.

E. Saltz, D. Dixon, J. Johnson

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Preschool children were trained in 1 of 3 different types of fantasy activities over a school year. The effects of this training were evaluated over a variety of tasks measuring cognitive development and impulse control. The same basic experiment was replicated over 3 different years. Results indicated that physical enactment of fantasy experiences (viz., acting fairy tales or enacting previous experiences) had a sizable effect on many of these variables; while simply listening and discussing was often no more effective than the control condition that merely cut, pasted, etc. Evidence suggested that fantasy play remoter from reality was more facilitative for development than more realistically oriented fantasy play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-380
Number of pages14
JournalChild development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1977


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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