Modification of impulsive tempo in learning-disabled pupils

Douglas Cullinan, Michael H. Epstein, Lois Silver

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Thirty-three impulsive learning- disabled males, aged 9-12 years, were assigned to one of three treatment conditions: (a) Modeling, in which subjects were exposed to a videotape of a boy demonstrating reflective problem-solving activities and instructing himself to perform cautiously; (b) Modeling Plus Self-Verbalization, in which subjects observed the same videotape and were additionally required to verbalize similar reflective instructions; and (c) Control, in which subjects were shown a videotape of the task materials used in the modeling videotape, but without the model. Subjects were tested immediately after exposure to treatment, and again 3 weeks later, on different forms of the Matching Familiar Figures test. Both Modeling and Modeling Plus Self-Verbalization conditions were superior to Control in reducing errors on the immediate test, but the three treatments did not differ on the delayed test. No significant differences among the three conditions were found with regard to response latency. Discrepancies between the present results and those of previous related studies were noted, and potential research directions were suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-444
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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