Here's a link to a picture of a palaeolthic female figure: http://donsmaps.com/images30/laussel105cmy.jpg
I'd like the picture to be shown to a good few 3- to 4-year-old children. (The age restriction is important; but a few months outside, either way, would be okay.) Preferably, though not necessarily, this should be done face to face; but I suppose it could also be done on-line - by asking children's parents or guardians to conduct their own experiment, and to then report back to you.
Pointing to the object held aloft in the figure's right hand, each child should be asked: "What's that?" or "What's she holding?" (It's particularly important that the children should be interviewed separately, or their responses may be influenced by the responses of others.)
I'd also be interested to know about any unprompted observations the children might make about the figure. (There's something in particular I have in mind that they might just say.)
Naturally, it's extremely important that the children shouldn't feel they're being tested.
Then I'd simply like to know the results of the experiment before you report those results in a review of a paper which I will soon be publishing on this website: www.the winnower.com
You might also be able to advise me on where else to seek to publish the paper.
Please tell me what you think.
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How many children must be involved in the project?Michael B.05 Nov 2016
There's no minimum number of subjects. Just ask as many children as you can. (If you have friends with small children you can contact via email, you might ask them to ask their own children.)
Please think of it as an experiment. I'd to know how the children identify the object held aloft by the figure, especially in the case of the photograph. (And I'd like to know anything else they might mention spontaneously, unprompted, about the figure.)
I know how children tend to respond when they are shown a paper copy of the picture. But I have never tried showing the picture to children using an electronic screen. So I genuinely don't know what results you may get.
Where did you learn to speak English? Are you able easily to understand what I write?
I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have for me.