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ERIC Number: EJ1050323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Spatial Abilities across the Adult Life Span
Borella, Erika; Meneghetti, Chiara; Ronconi, Lucia; De Beni, Rossana
Developmental Psychology, v50 n2 p384-392 Feb 2014
The study investigates age-related effects across the adult life span on spatial abilities (testing subabilities based on a distinction between spatial visualization, mental rotation, and perspective taking) and spatial self-assessments. The sample consisted of 454 participants (223 women and 231 men) from 20 to 91 years of age. Results showed nonlinear age-related effects for spatial visualization and perspective taking but linear effects for mental rotation; few or no age-related effects were found for spatial self-assessments. Working memory accounted for only a small proportion of the variance in all spatial tasks and had no effect on spatial self-assessments. Overall, our findings suggest that the influence of age on spatial skills across the adult life span is considerable, but the effects of age change as a function of the spatial task considered, and the effect on spatial self-assessment is more marginal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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