## Poster Session B

#### Event Title

Spatial Intelligence and the Ability to Comprehend and Execute Textual/ Graphical Instructions

CSU 253/254/255

#### Start Date

13-4-2004 12:45 PM

#### End Date

13-4-2004 2:45 PM

English

#### Student's College

Arts and Humanities

David Engen

#### Mentor's Department

Communication Studies

#### Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

#### Description

Performing a task such as solving a Rubik's cube can be very difficult, but it can be done after enough twists and turns. However, only an individual with extremely high spatial intelligence could be expected to solve a Rubik's cube in his or her head. Discussing the concept of spatial intelligence, Howard Gardner makes it clear that . .Spatial intelligence is closely tied to, and grows directly out of, one's observations of the visual world." The term spatial intelligence, as it pertains to my research, derives from the ability to visualize and manipulate three-dimensional objects in your mind. In this experiment, I tested approximately 100 college students on two things: 1) their spatial intelligence, and 2) their ability to comprehend and execute a specific set of instructions. I used a standardized spatial test to gauge their spatial abilities. The students then had to complete an origami using one of three types of instructions: textual, graphical, or a combination of the two. Comparing the results between the three instructional mediums, I found a relationship between spatial intelligence and the ability to comprehend textual/graphical instructions.

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Apr 13th, 12:45 PM Apr 13th, 2:45 PM

Spatial Intelligence and the Ability to Comprehend and Execute Textual/ Graphical Instructions

CSU 253/254/255

Performing a task such as solving a Rubik's cube can be very difficult, but it can be done after enough twists and turns. However, only an individual with extremely high spatial intelligence could be expected to solve a Rubik's cube in his or her head. Discussing the concept of spatial intelligence, Howard Gardner makes it clear that . .Spatial intelligence is closely tied to, and grows directly out of, one's observations of the visual world." The term spatial intelligence, as it pertains to my research, derives from the ability to visualize and manipulate three-dimensional objects in your mind. In this experiment, I tested approximately 100 college students on two things: 1) their spatial intelligence, and 2) their ability to comprehend and execute a specific set of instructions. I used a standardized spatial test to gauge their spatial abilities. The students then had to complete an origami using one of three types of instructions: textual, graphical, or a combination of the two. Comparing the results between the three instructional mediums, I found a relationship between spatial intelligence and the ability to comprehend textual/graphical instructions.