Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Scale errors by very young children: A dissociation between action planning and control

Judy S. DeLoache a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904


Very young children occasionally commit scale errors, which involve a dramatic dissociation between planning and control: A child's visual representation of the size of a miniature object is not used in planning an action on it, but is used in the control of the action. Glover's planning–control model offers a very useful framework for analyzing this newly documented phenomenon.