Title

An angle-distribution effect in mental rotation

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1987

Abstract

Rossi and Collyer (1986) reported data suggesting a threshold for mental rotation. The threshold-like nonlinearity may have been caused by the skewed distribution of angles used in their mental rotation experiment. In the present study, skewing the angle distribution toward small angles (skewed condition) increased the overall slope of the mental rotation response time function, relative to that of an even-distribution condition. Visual inspection of the data suggests that if there is a threshold-like nonlinearity, it is present in both the skewed and the even conditions. However, it is difficult to draw a strong conclusion for logical and statistical reasons. © 1987, The psychonomic Society, Inc.. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

Volume

25

Issue

3

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