One step at a time: Multimodal interfaces and children’s executive functioning

Peter McKenna, Oliver Lemon, Martin Corley, D Boa, Gnanathusharan Rajendran

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The following study outlines a new computerized executive function task (Slippy's Adventure) inspired by the Towers of Hanoi task. The main focus was to determine if the task was developmentally sensitive. A further consideration was how physical embodiment would affect performance. This line of enquiry arose from recent developments in HCI (human-computer interaction), in particular, multimodal interfaces. To investigate the role of embodiment children completed Slippy's Adventure using an electronic floor mat and a computer keyboard. The results supported our hypothesis that 7 year olds would outperform 5 year olds. However, physical action did not have an ameliorative effect on performance as predicted. The implications of these findings are discussed with future considerations suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 Joint IEEE International Conferences on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2014
EventICDL-Epirob - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 13 Oct 201416 Oct 2014




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