Rotation of a complex figure by children

Sandra Martin, Oliver Turnbull, Annalena Venneri

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Rotated drawings have been considered 'normal' in very young children (up until age 7), but a sign of brain damage in older children and adults. We report two older children (10.8 and 8.10 years) who spontaneously rotated the Rey complex figure by 90°during copy and recall. However, extensive testing revealed no further abnormalities associated with perceptual or developmental dysmaturations. We conclude that the misorientation of drawings is a developmental phenomenon which extends to a higher age than was previously expected and can occur in 'normal' older children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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