Spatial Tasks on a Large, High-Resolution Tiled Display: Females Mentally Rotate Large Objects Faster Than Men

  • Bernt Ivar Olsen
  • Bruno Laeng
  • Kari-Ann Kristiansen
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5639)


In order to assess the qualitative properties of large displays, compared to smaller displays we conducted an experiment using a mental rotation task and a large, 230 inches, tiled display and compared it to performance on a 14.1 inches laptop computer. We also investigated the effect of expectation about the novel technology among the participants. We found that females rotated objects faster than men on the large display with wider field of view. Furthermore, we found that females were influenced by the expectation that the large display should give better performance, since such a positive expectation yielded a faster performance only among females, with no apparent sacrifice of accuracy.


Tiled display Spatial Tasks Mental Rotation Gender differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernt Ivar Olsen
    • 1
  • Bruno Laeng
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kari-Ann Kristiansen
    • 4
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TromsøNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of Biological & Medical PsychologyUniversity of BergenNorway
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TromsøNorway

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