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ERIC Number: EJ1008335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
The Joint Role of Spatial Ability and Imagery Strategy in Sustaining the Learning of Spatial Descriptions under Spatial Interference
Meneghetti, Chiara; De Beni, Rossana; Gyselinck, Valerie; Pazzaglia, Francesca
Learning and Individual Differences, v24 p32-41 Apr 2013
The present study investigates the joint role of spatial ability, imagery strategy and visuospatial working memory (VSWM) in spatial text processing. A set of 180 participants, half of them trained on the use of imagery strategy (training vs no-training groups), was further divided according to participants' high or low mental rotation ability (HMR vs LMR). Each group listened to environment descriptions and performed recall tasks before and immediately after training/no-training, and again after listening to a text while performing a spatial tapping task. Visuospatial and verbal tests were also administered. Our results showed that HMR had a better spatial profile than LMR participants, and that only LMR participants benefited from training and showed the interference effect. Overall, our findings indicate that a good spatial ability reduces the spatial interference effect and that poor spatial ability, which is related to the spatial interference effect, can be partially compensated by learning imagery strategy. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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