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The results of two experiments suggest that strong constraints on the ability to imagine rotations extend to the perception of rotations. Participants viewed stereographic perspective views of rotating squares, regular polyhedra, and a variety of polyhedral generalized cones, and attempted to indicate the orientation of the axis and planes of rotation in(More)
The ability to see an object or picture as a set of parts and then to construct a replica of the original from these parts is known as visuospatial constructive cognition. Examples of visuospatial construction include drawing, buttoning shirts, constructing models, making a bed, and putting together furniture that arrives unassembled. Vi-suospatial(More)
Much can be learned about the use of visual information in cognition through the study of visual symbol systems – systems in which a visual structural domain is used to provide information about a target domain (e.g., telescopes used to learn about astronomy). We discuss a recent study that examined a real world task, microscope slide interpretation, in a(More)
The large volume of material to be learned in biomedical disciplines requires optimizing the efficiency of instruction. In prior work with computer-based instruction of neuroanatomy, it was relatively efficient for learners to master whole anatomy and then transfer to learning sectional anatomy. It may, however, be more efficient to continuously integrate(More)
There are certain simple rotations of objects that most people cannot reason about accurately. Reliable gaps in the understanding of a fundamental physical domain raise the question of how learning to reason in that domain might proceed. Using virtual reality techniques, this project investigated the nature of learning to reason across the domain of simple(More)
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