Visualization of Spatial Expression Ability Using a 3-D Expression System

  • Akihiro Suzuki
  • Masayuki Wajima
  • Takashi Kawakami
  • Tetsuo Okazaki
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 194)

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyze how children develop their spatial expression ability in 3-D space. We prepared a 3-D expression system that has “Translation-test”, “Rotation-test” and “Paper-lay-out-test”. As an experiment, we collected data by using our 3-D expression system for children between the ages of 4 and 6 in a pre-school in August 2009, January 2010, and August 2010. We conducted a survey on correlation between the system and WPPSI: WPPSI is an IQ test. At these experiments, we conducted 5 performance tests with WPPSI. The results are summarized as follows: 1) Children are able to recognize virtual 3-D space of the system, and are able to express images in virtual 3-D space; 2) The data shows the trend that spatial expression ability in space becomes better with advancing ages; 3) We obtained correlations between the system and WPPSI. The system can analyze some abilities that are difficult for WPPSI.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihiro Suzuki
    • 1
  • Masayuki Wajima
    • 1
  • Takashi Kawakami
    • 1
  • Tetsuo Okazaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Research DepartmentHokkaido Institute of TechnologySapporoJapan

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