The (un)usefulness of interactive exploration in building 3D- mental representations.

F. Meijer, Egon van den Broek

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    The generation of mental representations from visual images is crucial in 3-D object recognition. In two experiments, thirty-six participants were divided into a low, middle, and high visuospatial ability (VSA) group, which was determined by Vandenberg and Kuse's MRT-A test (1978 Perception and Motor Skills 47 599 - 601). In the experiments, the influence of four types of exploration (none, passive 2-D, passive 3-D, and interactive 3-D) on building 3-D mental representations was investigated. First, 24 simple and 24 complex objects (consisting of respectively 3 and 5 geons (Biederman, 1987 Psychological Review 94 115 - 147) were explored and, subsequently, tested through a mental rotation test. Results revealed that participants with a low VSA benefit from interactive exploration of objects opposed to passive exploration. This refines James et al's findings (2001 Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology 55 111 - 120), who reported a general increased performance with interactive as compared to passive exploration. Our results underline that individual differences are of key importance when investigating human's visuospatial system or visualisation techniques.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)31-32
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
    Event31st European Conference on Visual Perception - Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Duration: 24 Aug 200828 Aug 2008


    • Visuo-spatial ability
    • Visualization
    • 3-D
    • interactive
    • mental representations
    • IR-78914
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EWI-20832
    • METIS-252698

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