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Performance of Children and Adolescents from a School of the City of Sogamoso on a Decision-Making Test

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The aim of this study was to describe the performance on a decision-making task of children and adolescents (aged 7 - 17 years) from a school in the city of Sogamoso. This non-experimental descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted by means of a non probability sampling of type cases. The sample consisted of 325 subjects, to whom the Hungry Donkey Task in its version adapted for Colombia was applied. Through descriptive statistics, the test performance trend was established, finding that participants aged 7 to 11 years had better performance than adolescents 12 to 14 years old, which partially supports the hypothesis of decision-making development in J shape. Subjects aged 15 to 17 years had the most disadvantageous performance, which may indicate immaturity and slow development of prefrontal areas and the influence of the trend towards risk-taking, characteristic of this age range.

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Bernal, P. , Montaña, J. , Acosta, R. and Rojas, Y. (2015) Performance of Children and Adolescents from a School of the City of Sogamoso on a Decision-Making Test. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 5, 339-347. doi: 10.4236/ojped.2015.54051.

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