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Sveistrup, Michelle A.; Langlois, Jean; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2023
Spatial abilities (SAs) are cognitive resources used to mentally manipulate representations of objects to solve problems. Haptic abilities (HAs) represent tactile interactions with real-world objects transforming somatic information into mental representations. Both are proposed to be factors in anatomy education, yet relationships between SAs and…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Tactual Perception, Anatomy, Science Education
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Labranche, Leah; Wilson, Timothy D.; Terrell, Mark; Kulesza, Randy J. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2022
Three-dimensional (3D) digital anatomical models show potential to demonstrate complex anatomical relationships; however, the literature is inconsistent as to whether they are effective in improving the anatomy performance, particularly for students with low spatial visualization ability (Vz). This study investigated the educational effectiveness…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Computer Simulation, Anatomy, Visualization
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Bazos, Ethan; Attardi, Stefanie M.; Baytor, Jennifer; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2021
Reduction in faculty positions in higher education and increased graduate matriculation rates represent a higher education conundrum. Planned happenstance theory (PHT) is a career development model focusing on positive outcomes resulting from unpredictable precareer events. This mixed methods study explores how PHT applies to the career paths of a…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Career Development, Career Pathways, Alumni
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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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Roach, Victoria A.; Fraser, Graham M.; Kryklywy, James H.; Mitchell, Derek G. V.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2017
Learning in anatomy can be both spatially and visually complex. Pedagogical investigations have begun exploration as to how spatial ability may mitigate learning. Emerging hypotheses suggests individuals with higher spatial reasoning may attend to images differently than those who are lacking. To elucidate attentional patterns associated with…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Spatial Ability, Attention, Eye Movements
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Cui, Dongmei; Wilson, Timothy D.; Rockhold, Robin W.; Lehman, Michael N.; Lynch, James C. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2017
The head and neck region is one of the most complex areas featured in the medical gross anatomy curriculum. The effectiveness of using three-dimensional (3D) models to teach anatomy is a topic of much discussion in medical education research. However, the use of 3D stereoscopic models of the head and neck circulation in anatomy education has not…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Models, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Roach, Victoria A.; Fraser, Graham M.; Kryklywy, James H.; Mitchell, Derek G. V.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2017
Individuals with an aptitude for interpreting spatial information (high mental rotation ability: HMRA) typically master anatomy with more ease, and more quickly, than those with low mental rotation ability (LMRA). This article explores how visual attention differs with time limits on spatial reasoning tests. Participants were assorted to two…
Descriptors: Timed Tests, Eye Movements, Visual Perception, Attention
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Cui, Dongmei; Lynch, James C.; Smith, Andrew D.; Wilson, Timothy D.; Lehman, Michael N. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2016
Computer-assisted 3D models are used in some medical and allied health science schools; however, they are often limited to online use and 2D flat screen-based imaging. Few schools take advantage of 3D stereoscopic learning tools in anatomy education and clinically relevant anatomical variations when teaching anatomy. A new approach to teaching…
Descriptors: Models, Anatomy, Computer Assisted Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Roth, Jeremy A.; Wilson, Timothy D.; Sandig, Martin – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2015
Histology is a core subject in the anatomical sciences where learners are challenged to interpret two-dimensional (2D) information (gained from histological sections) to extrapolate and understand the three-dimensional (3D) morphology of cells, tissues, and organs. In gross anatomical education 3D models and learning tools have been associated…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Visual Aids, Models, Anatomy
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Van Nuland, Sonya E.; Roach, Victoria A.; Wilson, Timothy D.; Belliveau, Daniel J. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2015
Competition is a key element in many educational games and is often adopted by educators in an effort to motivate and excite their students. Yet, the use of academic competition in educational institutions remains the subject of much debate. Opponents argue that academic competition causes an increase in student anxiety and divides their…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Medical Education, Competition, Undergraduate Students
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Allen, Lauren K.; Bhattacharyya, Siddhartha; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2015
The discrete anatomy of the eye's intricate oculomotor system is conceptually difficult for novice students to grasp. This is problematic given that this group of muscles represents one of the most common sites of clinical intervention in the treatment of ocular motility disorders and other eye disorders. This project was designed to develop a…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Visual Aids, Models, Human Body
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Roach, Victoria A.; Mistry, Manisha R.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2014
Elevated spatial visualization ability (Vz) is thought to influence surgical skill acquisition and performance. Current research suggests that stereo visualization technology and its association with skill performance may confer perceptual advantages. This is of particular interest in laparoscopic skill training, where stereo visualization may…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Visualization, Surgery, Skill Development
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Nguyen, Ngan; Mulla, Ali; Nelson, Andrew J.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2014
The present study explored the problem-solving strategies of high- and low-spatial visualization ability learners on a novel spatial anatomy task to determine whether differences in strategies contribute to differences in task performance. The results of this study provide further insights into the processing commonalities and differences among…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Anatomy, Visual Perception, Spatial Ability
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Martin, Charys M.; Roach, Victoria A.; Nguyen, Ngan; Rice, Charles L.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2013
The use of three-dimensional (3D) models for education, pre-operative assessment, presurgical planning, and measurement have become more prevalent. With the increase in prevalence of 3D models there has also been an increase in 3D reconstructive software programs that are used to create these models. These software programs differ in…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Comparative Analysis, Visual Aids, Models
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Nguyen, Ngan; Nelson, Andrew J.; Wilson, Timothy D. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2012
Computer visualizations are increasingly common in education across a range of subject disciplines, including anatomy. Despite optimism about their educational potential, students sometime have difficulty learning from these visualizations. The purpose of this study was to explore a range of factors that influence spatial anatomy comprehension…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Anatomy, Computer Uses in Education, Visual Aids
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