ISSN 0439-755X
CN 11-1911/B

心理学报 ›› 2018, Vol. 50 ›› Issue (5): 504-516.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2018.00504

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 数学困难儿童估算策略运用的 中央执行负荷效应

 杨伟星; 张堂正; 李红霞; 张佳佳; 司继伟   

  1.  (山东师范大学心理学院, 济南 250358)
  • 收稿日期:2017-04-13 出版日期:2018-05-25 发布日期:2018-03-31
  • 通讯作者: 司继伟, E-mail: E-mail:E-mail:
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 The effect of central executive load on strategy utilization of computational estimation in children with mathematics learning difficulties

 YANG Weixing; ZHANG Tangzheng; LI Hongxia; ZHANG Jiajia; SI Jiwei   

  1.  (School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China)
  • Received:2017-04-13 Online:2018-05-25 Published:2018-03-31
  • Contact: SI Jiwei, E-mail: E-mail:E-mail:
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摘要:   前人研究表明中央执行影响个体的算术策略运用, 但罕见考察其对数学困难儿童估算策略运用的影响。本研究运用选择/无选法范式, 通过操纵不同长度数字串的排序记忆任务作为不同水平中央执行负荷, 考察其对数困儿童估算策略运用的限制性作用。74名六年级儿童(数困儿童36名)参加了本研究。结果发现:(1)数困组儿童在无、低、高三种负荷条件下的策略执行正确率均显著低于正常组, 反应时上只在无负荷和低负荷条件下显著差于正常组; (2)数困组儿童在三种负荷条件下的策略选择正确率和反应时上均显著差于正常组; (3)两组儿童的策略选择适应性都受到负荷的影响, 负荷水平越高, 两组儿童的策略选择适应性越差, 且数困组儿童显著差于正常组。这表明中央执行负荷对数困儿童和正常儿童的策略运用会产生差异性影响。上述发现为深入理解中央执行功能作用于数困儿童的较差策略运用的潜在机制具有重要的理论和实践意义。

关键词: 策略运用, 中央执行负荷, 抑制控制, 数学困难, 估算

Abstract:  An important aspect of human cognition is that performance depends on the strategies that people use in a wide range of cognitive domains. In the field of arithmetic cognition, the performance of strategy utilization is influenced by many factors among which central executive functions (central executive functions, EFs) are involved and play critical roles. In previous studies, researchers tended to focus on the impact of central executive load on the use of arithmetic strategy in children or adults with typically development (TD) of mathematical ability, whereas children with mathematics difficulties (MD) had been out of consideration. Consequently, the present study used the choice/no-choice paradigm to investigate the influence of central executive load on the strategy utilization of children with MD during arithmetic processing. Seventy-four sixth graders consisting of 36 MD and 38 TD were selected in accordance with previous studies strictly. All participants were asked to finish a two-digit addition computational estimation task with rounding-up or rounding-down strategy and a secondary task at the same time. The task consisted of two parts, strategy execution and strategy choice. Meanwhile, we manipulated varying central executive load as a secondary task by requiring participants to memorize five (high central executive load) or three (low central executive load) digits presented randomly in sequence at the beginning of each trial and ranked them with descending order or no digit (no central executive load). Results showed that: (1) In terms of the strategy executive, the accuracy rate of MD was significantly lower than TD under the three central executive load conditions. The reaction time of MD was significantly longer than TD under both “no” and low central executive load conditions but not for high central executive loaded condition. With the increasing of central executive load, the MD had distinct manifestation compared with TD on strategy executive; (2) In the case of strategy selection, the accuracy rate of MD was significantly lower than TD and the reaction time of MD was significantly longer than that of TD under three central executive loaded conditions. Compared with TD, the strategy selection of MD was more heavily influenced by the levels of central executive load. Likewise, the performance of MD was influenced by growing central executive load on strategy selection other than TD; (3) For the adaptivity of strategy choice, the higher of the central executive load level was, the worse the adaptivity of strategy choice of participants became, and the adaptivity of strategy choice of MD was significantly worse than TD under all of three central executive load conditions. These findings have important theoretical and practical significance for the profound understanding of the potential mechanism of MD with worse strategy utilization. In conclusion, the strategy utilization of MD is worse than TD during arithmetic processing. Though strategy utilization of both the MD and TD is getting worse as a function of the levels of central executive load, MD are more heavily influenced by central executive load. The adaptivity of strategy choice of two groups is affected by the strength of central executive load and the adaptivity of strategy choice of MD is always worse than TD. Moreover, the present study contributes to explore how the central executive load influences the process of strategy utilization clearly. Combining with event-related potential (ERP) as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging technology (fMRI), future research should further explore the changes of individuals’ ERP components or brain regions activated under different levels of central executive load.

Key words: strategy utilization, central executive load, inhibitory control, mathematics difficulties, computational estimation