标题（title）：Visuospatial Processing for Education in Health and Natural Sciences
作者（author）：Juan C. Castro-Alonso
出版社（publisher）：Springer International Publishing
大小（size）：7 MB (7406549 bytes)
Visuospatial processing is key to learn and perform professionally in the domains of health and natural sciences. As such, there is accumulating research showing the importance of visuospatial processing for education in diverse health sciences (e.g., medicine, anatomy, surgery) and in many natural sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology). In general, visuospatial processing is treated separately as (a) spatial ability and (b) working memory with visuospatial stimuli. This book attempts to link these two research perspectives and present visuospatial processing as the cognitive activity of two components of working memory (mostly the visuospatial sketch pad, and also the central executive), which allows to perform in both spatial ability and working memory tasks.
Focusing on university education in the fields of health sciences and natural sciences, the chapters in this book describe the abilities of mental rotation, mental folding, spatial working memory, visual working memory, among others, and how different variables affect them. Some of these variables, thoroughly addressed in the book, are sex (gender), visualizations, interactivity, cognitive load, and embodiment. The book concludes with a chapter presenting VAR, a battery of computer-based tests to measure different tasks entailing visuospatial processing.
With contributions by top educational psychologists from around the globe, this book will be of interest to a broad array of readers across the disciplines.
Table of contents :
Front Matter ....Pages i-vii
Overview of Visuospatial Processing for Education in Health and Natural Sciences (Juan C. Castro-Alonso)....Pages 1-21
Different Abilities Controlled by Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Kinnari Atit)....Pages 23-51
Science Education and Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, David H. Uttal)....Pages 53-79
Sex Differences in Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Petra Jansen)....Pages 81-110
Instructional Visualizations, Cognitive Load Theory, and Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Paul Ayres, John Sweller)....Pages 111-143
Interactive Science Multimedia and Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Logan Fiorella)....Pages 145-173
Embodied Cognition, Science Education, and Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Fred Paas, Paul Ginns)....Pages 175-205
VAR: A Battery of Computer-Based Instruments to Measure Visuospatial Processing (Juan C. Castro-Alonso, Paul Ayres, Fred Paas)....Pages 207-229