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ERIC Number: EJ796738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1871-1871
The Influence of Imaging Capacity on Visual Art Skills
Perez-Fabello, Maria Jose; Campos, Alfredo
Thinking Skills and Creativity, v2 n2 p128-135 Nov 2007
Imaging is a component of fundamental cognitive processes employed in a variety of cognitive activities. In particular, imaging is of special relevance to artistic skills. As part of our research on the relationships between mental images and the plastic arts, the influence of the imaging capacity in the visual art skills was investigated. Seventy-two fine arts students were administered the Vividness Of Visual Imagery Test and performed tasks testing spatial skill, spatial manipulation skill, and visual memory. Imaging capacity was associated with all three-task scores. We also found that women were more proficient in spatial tasks and spatial manipulation tasks than men. These results lead us to consider future studies with other tests of imaging capacity, with the aim of confirming and generalizing the relation between mental imagery and artistic skills. If the ability to create mental images is connected to artistic skill one would have to take this into account in the teaching of art and in designing programmes for mental image training. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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