Keeping it in three dimensions: measuring the development of mental rotation in children with the rotated colour cube test (RCCT)

Lütke, Nikolay and Lange-Küttner, Christiane (2015) Keeping it in three dimensions: measuring the development of mental rotation in children with the rotated colour cube test (RCCT). International Journal of Developmental Science, 9 (2). pp. 95-114. ISSN 2192-001X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/DEV-14154

Abstract

This study introduces the new Rotated Colour Cube Test (RCCT) as a measure of object identification and mental rotation using single 3D colour cube images in a matching-to-sample procedure. One hundred 7- to 11-year-old children were tested with aligned or rotated cube models, distracters and targets. While different orientations of distracters made the RCCT more difficult, different colours of distracters had the opposite effect and made the RCCT easier because colour facilitated clearer discrimination between target and distracters. Ten-year-olds performed significantly better than 7- to 8-year-olds. The RCCT significantly correlated with children’s performance on the Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices Test (RCPM) presumably due to the shared multiple-choice format, but the RCCT was easier, as it did not require sequencing. Children from families with a high socio-economic status performed best on both tests, with boys outperforming girls on the more difficult RCCT test sections.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: development of mental rotation, perceptual matching, 3D, task difficulty, colour salience, measurement
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Chris Lange-Kuettner
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 18:12
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 13:53
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/775

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