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Jean Langlois; Stanley J. Hamstra; Yvan Dagenais; Renald Lemieux; Marc Lecourtois; Elizabeth Yetisir; Christian Bellemare; Germain Bergeron; George A. Wells – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2024
Haptic perception is used in the anatomy laboratory with the handling of three-dimensional (3D) prosections, dissections, and synthetic models of anatomical structures. Vision-based spatial ability has been found to correlate with performance on tests of 3D anatomy knowledge in previous studies. The objective was to explore whether haptic-based…
Descriptors: Tactual Perception, Visual Perception, Visual Acuity, Spatial Ability
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Ritchie, Helen E.; Oakes, Diana; Drury, Helen; Ollerenshaw, Suzanne; Hegedus, Elizabeth – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2023
Visuospatial skills are considered important attributes when learning anatomy and there is evidence suggesting that this ability can be improved with training techniques including drawing. The Mental Rotations Test (MRT) has been routinely used to assess visuospatial ability. This study aimed to introduce students to drawing as a learning strategy…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Anatomy, Freehand Drawing, Teaching Methods
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Harmon, Derek J.; Attardi, Stefanie M.; Waite, Jordan G.; Topp, Kimberly S.; Smoot, Betty J.; Farkas, Gary J. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2023
Predictors of academic success in anatomy have been studied, but not in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. The objectives of this study were to (1) explore predictors of academic success in a DPT anatomy course, (2) evaluate sex-based differences in the predictors of academic success and their influence on anatomy course grade, and (3)…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Anatomy, Physical Therapy
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Na, Youjin; Clary, Derek W.; Rose-Reneau, Zakary B.; Segars, Larry; Hanson, Andrea; Brauer, Philip; Wright, Barth W.; Keim, Sarah A. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2022
Spatial visualization, the ability to mentally rotate three-dimensional (3D) images, plays a significant role in anatomy education. This study examines the impact of technical drawing exercises on the improvement of spatial visualization and anatomy education in a Neuroscience course. First-year medical students (n = 84) were randomly allocated…
Descriptors: Art Education, Spatial Ability, Visualization, Anatomy
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Roach, Victoria A.; Fraser, Graham M.; Kryklywy, James H.; Mitchell, Derek G. V.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2019
Research suggests that spatial ability may predict success in complex disciplines including anatomy, where mastery requires a firm understanding of the intricate relationships occurring along the course of veins, arteries, and nerves, as they traverse through and around bones, muscles, and organs. Debate exists on the malleability of spatial…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Anatomy, Visual Perception, Eye Movements
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Langlois, Jean; Wells, George A.; Lecourtois, Marc; Bergeron, Germain; Yetisir, Elizabeth; Martin, Marcel – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2015
Spatial abilities have been related in previous studies to three-dimensional (3D) anatomy knowledge and the performance in technical skills. The objective of this study was to relate spatial abilities to residency programs with different levels of content of 3D anatomy knowledge and technical skills. The hypothesis was that the choice of residency…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Graduates, Physicians, Graduate Medical Education
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Langlois, Jean; Wells, Georges A.; Lecourtois, Marc; Bergeron, Germain; Yetisir, Elizabeth; Martin, Marcel – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2013
Sex differences favoring males in spatial abilities have been known by cognitive psychologists for more than half a century. Spatial abilities have been related to three-dimensional anatomy knowledge and the performance in technical skills. The issue of sex differences in spatial abilities has not been addressed formally in the medical field. The…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Gender Differences, Spatial Ability, Medical Students
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Vorstenbosch, Marc A. T. M.; Klaassen, Tim P. F. M.; Donders, A. R. T.; Kooloos, Jan G. M.; Bolhuis, Sanneke M.; Laan, Roland F. J. M. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2013
Spatial ability is an important factor in learning anatomy. Students with high scores on a mental rotation test (MRT) systematically score higher on anatomy examinations. This study aims to investigate if learning anatomy also oppositely improves the MRT-score. Five hundred first year students of medicine ("n" = 242, intervention) and…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Spatial Ability, Medical Students, Education Majors
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Khot, Zaid; Quinlan, Kaitlyn; Norman, Geoffrey R.; Wainman, Bruce – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2013
There is increasing use of computer-based resources to teach anatomy, although no study has compared computer-based learning to traditional. In this study, we examine the effectiveness of three formats of anatomy learning: (1) a virtual reality (VR) computer-based module, (2) a static computer-based module providing Key Views (KV), (3) a plastic…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Electronic Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Simulation