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The relationship between self reports of imagery and spatial ability

Dean, Graham M. and Morris, Peter E (2003) The relationship between self reports of imagery and spatial ability. British Journal of Psychology, 94 (2). pp. 245-273.

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A puzzling question arising from imagery research is why no relationship has been found between self‐reports of imagery and performance on spatial tests thought to require the use of imagery. To investigate this, spatial ability, measured by performance on two spatial tests, was compared with performance on the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ; Marks, 1973) and a newly constructed imagery questionnaire. The choice of items and ratings for the new questionnaire was based on Kosslyn's (1980, 1994) theories of the imagery system. Ratings on the new questionnaire consistently correlated significantly with performance on the spatial tests, whereas ratings from the VVIQ did not. The new ratings captured more of the imagery process than ratings of vividness alone, but the largest change depended upon the type of item imagined. Ratings of items of the same type as used on the spatial tests

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Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 16:43
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023 08:01


Author: Graham M. Dean
Author: Peter E Morris

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Psychology > Cognitive Behaviour

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