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Mental Rotation

Page history last edited by Daria Thompson 8 years, 11 months ago

Mental Rotation

 

 

 


 

 

      Mental rotation is the process in which a person manipulates a two-dimensional or three-dimensional object his or her mind. This activity tends to be centralized in the right cerebral cortex. This process was first tested in 1971 by Roger Shepard and Jacqueline Metzler.  They found that the more angular rotation an object had, the longer the reaction time will be for a person to determine if the new object is congruent to the original objectIt was later determined that mental rotation mainly occurs in the right parietal lobe of the brain. Men tend to have faster mental rotation times than women. This is due to the fact that mental rotation is a spatial task and men usually have stronger spatial abilities than women.  However, with practice, both genders can speed up their reaction times.  

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links

 http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mental-imagery/mental-rotation.html

     Stanford University description of mental rotation.

http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~is1042/html/mentrot.html

     Mental rotation test

http://opl.apa.org/Experiments/About/AboutMentalRotation.aspx

     Study on mental rotation

http://psychology.unt.edu/~tparsons/pdf/2Parsons_%28Neuropsychologia%29_VR_Spatial_rotation.42.555.pdf

     Study of gender differences in mental rotation.

http://dcl.wustl.edu/pubs/ZacksJCogNeuro_08.pdf

     Neuro-imaging studies of mental rotation.

http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/123/1/65.full

     Selective right parietal lobe activation during mental rotation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-9nWpgTiZM

     A video of someone performing an online mental rotation task. You can test yourself too.

http://msgraphix.com/Client/zuber/Zaheen2/dad%27s%20cpu/Sex%20Diff/real%20article.pdf

     A large sex difference on a two-dimensional mental rotation task.

http://www.happy-neuron.com/brain-games/visual-spatial/turn-around-and-around

     Mental rotation game online.

http://cogprints.org/655/1/paper.htm

     Motor processes in mental rotation.

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