Absence of lateral navigational bias in young children

Rosaline A. Dye, Thomas M. Crawford, Michael McBeath

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Previous research has shown American adults exhibit a systematic navigational bias to favor moving to the right when locomoting around obstacles and other people. To further investigate how and when the right-side navigational bias develops, the authors tested pre-school and early elementary school aged American children. Children ran down a straight pathway with an object at the center of the end-line. Unlike replicated fi ndings with adults, both pre-school and early elementary school aged children showed no tendency to favor either side of the object. These fi ndings support that the rightward navigation bias found in adults is not present in children up to elementary school, and suggest that the onset of bias occurs during the age range of late elementary or secondary school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-300
Number of pages9
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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