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THE EFFECT OF WEIGHT AND SIZE ON MENTAL ROTATION

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Date Issued:
2014
Abstract/Description:
Shepard and Metzler (1971) argued that mental rotation is analogous to the real world in that people imagine the rotation of an object as if it were being physically rotated. This study tested this assertion by exposing participants to physical shapes that increased in size and weight. Participants interacted with blocks designed after Shepard and Metzler mental rotation size that differed in size and weight then performed subsequent mental rotation. We found no difference in reaction time but found that increased size reduced accuracy. We discuss the implications of this study as they pertain to embodied cognition.
Title: THE EFFECT OF WEIGHT AND SIZE ON MENTAL ROTATION.
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Name(s): Furtak, Luke, Author
Sims, Valerie, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Shepard and Metzler (1971) argued that mental rotation is analogous to the real world in that people imagine the rotation of an object as if it were being physically rotated. This study tested this assertion by exposing participants to physical shapes that increased in size and weight. Participants interacted with blocks designed after Shepard and Metzler mental rotation size that differed in size and weight then performed subsequent mental rotation. We found no difference in reaction time but found that increased size reduced accuracy. We discuss the implications of this study as they pertain to embodied cognition.
Identifier: CFH0004711 (IID), ucf:45399 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-12-01
B.S.
Sciences, Dept. of Psychology
Bachelors
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Subject(s): mental rotation
size
weight
motor imagery
mental imagery
transformation
spatial
spatial ability
embodied cognition
embedded cognition
extended cognition
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004711
Restrictions on Access: campus 2017-12-01
Host Institution: UCF

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