Confirmatory models of sensory/motor and cognitive constructs

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dc.contributor.advisor Dean, Raymond S. en_US Decker, Scott L. en_US 2011-06-03T19:24:45Z 2011-06-03T19:24:45Z 2002 en_US 2002
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 2002 .D43 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the relationship between neuropsychological constructs of sensory-motor functioning and cognitive ability constructs in the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) (Carroll, 1993) theory. Two studies were conducted For the first study, the Dean-Woodcock Sensory Motor Battery (SMB) (Dean & Woodcock, 1999) was administered to 800 individuals. A factor analysis and a confirmatory factor analysis were used to investigate and develop a factor structure of the SMB. Results from this study suggest sensory and motor tests significantly share common variance and a hierarchical, multifactorial model that included a higher-order factor of both sensory and motor tests best fit the data. The second study examined the SMB model, developed in the first study, in relation to the CHC (Cattell-Horn-Carroll) model of cognitive abilities, as measured by the Woodcock-Johnson Revised Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ-R) (McGrew, Werder, & Woodcock, 1991). For this study, the SMB and the WJ-R was administered to 411 individuals. A confirmatory model was tested that included the higher-order factor of the SMB as a broad ability within the CHC model. Results from this analysis suggest the higher order factor of the SMB does have a significant relationship with overall measures of cognitive ability of a similar level to other broad abilities in the CHC model, and significantly improves the fit of CHC model. These results support Roberts, Pallier, and Goffs (1999) argument for the inclusion of an additional broad ability in the CHC taxonomy that represents sensory and motor functioning. Additionally, this study provides empirical support for the utility of including neuropsychological tests of sensory and motor functioning in a comprehensive assessment of cognitive abilities (Dean & Woodcock, 1999). The implications for neuropsychological and psychometric assessment are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent 116 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive neuroscience. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive science. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sensorimotor integration. en_US
dc.title Confirmatory models of sensory/motor and cognitive constructs en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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