The role of meaning and familiarity in mental transformations.

  title={The role of meaning and familiarity in mental transformations.},
  author={Wendy Smith and Itiel E. Dror},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={8 4},
Eighty-four participants mentally rotated meaningful and meaningless objects. Within each type of object, half were simple and half were complex; the complexity was the same across the meaningful and meaningless objects. The patterns of errors were examined as a function of the type of stimuli (meaningful vs. meaningless), complexity, and angle of rotation. The data for the meaningful objects showed steeper slopes of rotation for complex objects than that for simple objects. In contrast, the… CONTINUE READING
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