Training Generalized Spatial Skills

DSpace/Manakin Repository

Training Generalized Spatial Skills

Citable link to this page

. . . . . .

Title: Training Generalized Spatial Skills
Author: Thompson, William; Kosslyn, Stephen; Newcombe, Nora S.; Ganis, Giorgio; Wright, Rebecca

Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.

Citation: Wright, Rebecca, William L. Thompson, Giorgio Ganis, Nora S. Newcombe, and Stephen M. Kosslyn. 2008. Training generalized spatial skills. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 15, no. 4: 763-771.
Full Text & Related Files:
Abstract: Spatial transformation skills are an essential aspect of cognitive ability. These skills can be improved by practice, but such improvement has usually been specific to tasks and stimuli. The present study investigated whether intensive long-term practice leads to change that transcends stimulus and task parameters. Thirty-one participants (14 male, 17 female) were tested on three cognitive tasks: a computerized version of the Shepard-Metzler (1971) mental rotation task (MRT), a mental paper-folding task (MPFT), and a verbal analogies task (VAT). Each individual then participated in daily practice sessions with the MRT or the MPFT over 21 days. Postpractice comparisons revealed transfer of practice gains to novel stimuli for the practiced task, as well as transfer to the other, nonpracticed spatial task. Thus, practice effects were process based, not instance based. Improvement in the nonpracticed spatial task was greater than that in the VAT; thus, improvement was not merely due to greater ease with computerized testing.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/PBR.15.4.763
Terms of Use: This article is made available under the terms and conditions applicable to Other Posted Material, as set forth at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:dash.current.terms-of-use#LAA
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3128711

Show full Dublin Core record

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • FAS Scholarly Articles [7501]
    Peer reviewed scholarly articles from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University
 
 

Search DASH


Advanced Search
 
 

Submitters