Reflection-Impulsivity in Mexican Children: Cross-Cultural Relations

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The Journal of General Psychology


Urban Mexican children aged 5 (n = 23) and 9 (n = 87) years were given the Matching Familiar Figures Test (MFFT). The results indicate that the MFFT was a valid test of cognitive style for Mexican children. The younger children's MFFT performance was characterized as fast and inaccurate in relation to the older children's performance, which was slower and more accurate. Cross-cultural comparisons of Mexican MFFT scores with normative data from America, Japan, and Israel indicated that Mexican children were relatively impulsive in cognitive style in relation to children of other cultures. Potential factors contributing to these cross-cultural differences are discussed here.


The Journal of General Psychology, Vol. 112, No. 3 (1985): 285-290. DOI:10.1080/00221309.1985.9711014. © Taylor & Francis 1985.