Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 491–507

Relationship Between Spatial Abilities, Mental Rotation and Functional Anatomy Learning

  • Aymeric Guillot
  • Stéphane Champely
  • Christophe Batier
  • Patrice Thiriet
  • Christian Collet
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10459-006-9021-7

Cite this article as:
Guillot, A., Champely, S., Batier, . et al. Adv in Health Sci Educ (2007) 12: 491. doi:10.1007/s10459-006-9021-7

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between visuo-spatial representation, mental rotation (MR) and functional anatomy examination results. A total of 184 students completed the Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT), Mental Rotation Test (MRT) and Gordon Test of Visual Imagery Control. The time spent on personal assignment was also considered. Men were found to score better than women on both GEFT and MRT, but the gender effect was limited to the interaction with MRT ability in the anatomy learning process. Significant correlations were found between visuo-spatial, MR abilities, and anatomy examination results. Data resulting from the best students’ analyzes underscore the effect of high MR ability which may be considered reliable predictor of success in learning anatomy. The use of specific tests during learning sessions may facilitate the acquisition of anatomical knowledge.

Keywords

field dependence–independencefunctional anatomymental imagerymental rotationspatial abilities

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aymeric Guillot
    • 1
  • Stéphane Champely
    • 1
  • Christophe Batier
    • 2
  • Patrice Thiriet
    • 1
  • Christian Collet
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche et d’Innovation sur le SportUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon IVilleurbanne cedexFrance
  2. 2.Service PRACTICE, Université Claude Bernard Lyon IVilleurbanne CedexFrance