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Avaliação Psicológica

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ROCINHOLI, Luciene de Fátima et al. Speed of Information processing in adolescents from public and private schools. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.2, pp.227-233. ISSN 1677-0471.

The speed of information processing refers to attainment of mental activity in a certain period of time. The aim of this study was investigate the speed of information processing in 14 years old girls, who attended public and private schools. We selected 14 girls who were in the 9th grade of elementary school or 1st year of high school. Half of them attended public school and the other half attended private school. They were evaluated by: Processing Speed Index - PSI (Coding, Symbol Search and Cancellation) of the WISC - IV and the Trail Making Test Colored Children (TTCI). The chi-square test showed a higher number of near-misses in CCTT in girls attending private school compared to girls attending public school. No difference was found between the two groups in the PSI. Although the type of school does not seem to produce significant differences between the groups in the PVI, the number of nearmisses showed a more sensitive measure to identify these differences. It is suggested that the number of near-misses may indicate subtle differences between groups.

Keywords : processing speed; children´s color trails test; WISC-IV.

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