Design of a Virtual Reality Supported Test for Spatial Abilities

H. Kaufmann, M. Csisinko, I. Strasser, S. Strauß, I. Koller:
"Design of a Virtual Reality Supported Test for Spatial Abilities";
Hauptvortrag: 13th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (ICGG 2008), Dresden, Germany; 04.08.2008 - 08.08.2008; in:"Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (ICGG)", International Society for Geometry and Graphics, (2008), ISBN: 978-3-86780-042-6; S. 122 - 123.

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Abstract:


This paper focuses on the development of a new spatial ability test in virtual reality
(VR). This test measures the ability to visualize and mentally manipulate three-dimensional objects
directly in 3D space, and should thus have a higher ecological validity than previous spatial ability
tests. Items are viewed through head mounted displays and manipulated by means of a wireless pen
input device. As a dynamic tests consisting of a pretest, a training phase, and a posttest it does not
only measure a person´s current status but also his or her learning potential. Monitoring user
interactions in a VR environment allows to measure test performance in ways not possible with
traditional means. We describe design and development of the test and will present results of a
pre-study with 240 participants conducted in early 2008.