VIZ: The visualization assessment and training Web site

  • Dawn G. BlaskoEmail author
  • Kathryn Holliday-Darr
  • Derek Mace
  • Holly Blasko-Drabik


The VIZ Website(http:/]/viz/) was developed as a free and open portal for assessment and training of spatial skills. Using Macromedia Authorware, it allows the collection of response times and accuracies from four spatial tasks: mental rotation, paper folding, water level judgments, and spatial working memory. Additional tasks are under development. The site has been used for a variety of teaching and research purposes. For example, incoming engineering students have completed the tasks to assess their spatial skills before beginning their graphics courses. Those with poorer skills can then receive the appropriate remedial instruction. The VIZ site has also been used to teach about spatial cognition and to do research outside the laboratory setting. Finally, we are using the site to conduct basic research on spatial cognition, including an examination of the factors that may reduce gender differences in performance.


Mental Rotation Spatial Ability Spatial Cognition Spatial Task Mental Rotation Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn G. Blasko
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kathryn Holliday-Darr
    • 1
  • Derek Mace
    • 1
  • Holly Blasko-Drabik
    • 1
  1. 1.Behrend CollegePenn State ErieErie

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