Visuospatial Processing for Education in Health and Natural Sciences

Editors: Castro-Alonso, Juan Cristobal (Ed.)

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  • First volume to link the two research traditions of spatial ability and working memory through visuospatial processing
  • With contributions by leading, international academics in the fields of educational psychology, visuospatial processing, science learning, and similar areas
  • Focusses on diverse science fields, including the ones that normally fall out of scope
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Visuospatial processing is key to learn and perform professionally in the domains of health and natural sciences. As such, there is accumulating research showing the importance of visuospatial processing for education in diverse health sciences (e.g., medicine, anatomy, surgery) and in many natural sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology). In general, visuospatial processing is treated separately as (a) spatial ability and (b) working memory with visuospatial stimuli. This book attempts to link these two research perspectives and present visuospatial processing as the cognitive activity of two components of working memory (mostly the visuospatial sketch pad, and also the central executive), which allows to perform in both spatial ability and working memory tasks.

Focusing on university education in the fields of health sciences and natural sciences, the chapters in this book describe the abilities of mental rotation, mental folding, spatial working memory, visual working memory, among others, and how different variables affect them. Some of these variables, thoroughly addressed in the book, are sex (gender), visualizations, interactivity, cognitive load, and embodiment. The book concludes with a chapter presenting VAR, a battery of computer-based tests to measure different tasks entailing visuospatial processing.

With contributions by top educational psychologists from around the globe, this book will be of interest to a broad array of readers across the disciplines.


About the authors

Juan C. Castro-Alonso is Associate Researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Education, Universidad de Chile. He is a Biochemist, Master in Communication and Education, and PhD in Education. His interests are visuospatial processing and spatial ability, cognitive load theory and working memory, educational psychology, STEM and biology education, sex and gender differences, multimedia learning, and embodied cognition. He is currently leading an investigation on how cognitive load and learners’ characteristics affect performance on VAR, a battery of computer-based instruments that measure visuospatial processing. Dr Castro-Alonso is an academic editor of PLOS ONE and has coauthored more than 15 journal articles and book chapters.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Overview of Visuospatial Processing for Education in Health and Natural Sciences

    Pages 1-21

    Castro-Alonso, Juan C.

  • Different Abilities Controlled by Visuospatial Processing

    Pages 23-51

    Castro-Alonso, Juan C. (et al.)

  • Science Education and Visuospatial Processing

    Pages 53-79

    Castro-Alonso, Juan C. (et al.)

  • Sex Differences in Visuospatial Processing

    Pages 81-110

    Castro-Alonso, Juan C. (et al.)

  • Instructional Visualizations, Cognitive Load Theory, and Visuospatial Processing

    Pages 111-143

    Castro-Alonso, Juan C. (et al.)

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eBook $89.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20968-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Visuospatial Processing for Education in Health and Natural Sciences
Editors
  • Juan Cristobal Castro-Alonso
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20969-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20969-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20968-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 229
Number of Illustrations
37 illustrations in colour
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