Magic Hats and Teddy Bear picnics: Language and visuospatial lateralisation tasks for children

Josephine E. Quin-Conroy, Yanyu Chen, Donna M. Bayliss, Nicholas A. Badcock

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Abstract

The behavioural outcomes associated with atypical cerebral lateralization during the early stages of cognitive development is an interesting research venture. However, there are few tasks for assessing lateralization in young children. The current study describes the Magic Hat task and the Teddy Bear Picnic task, which were designed to measure the lateralization of language and visuospatial attention, respectively, in children as young as three years old. Forty-five adults were recruited to complete the child-friendly tasks as well as the Word Generation and Landmark tasks whilst functional Transcranial Doppler ultrasound (fTCD) measured cerebral blood flow velocity. As expected, at the group level, the Magic Hat task produced left hemisphere lateralization, and the Teddy Bear Picnic task produced right hemisphere lateralization. Both tasks demonstrated high internal reliability (α >.80). The laterality indices produced by the Magic Hat task correlated with the Word Generation task, ρ =.52, p =.001. Likewise, the laterality indices produced by the Teddy Bear Picnic task correlated with the Landmark task, ρ =.45, p =.028. Thus, the Magic Hat and Teddy Bear Picnic tasks are reliable and valid measures of language and visuospatial lateralization, suitable for toddlers and young children using fTCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-256
Number of pages25
JournalLaterality
Volume27
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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