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Cheryl Ann Cohen

Cheryl Ann Cohen

PhD Cognitive Psychology (University of California Santa Barbara 2008)

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Introduction
Developed widely-cited spatial cognition test, which is included in the APA PsycTESTS® database. First author on peer-reviewed publications. Presented at international conferences. Certificate in advanced research methods, Loyola University of Chicago, 2020. Certificate in medical writing, University of California, San Diego, expected 2021. International collaborations with medical and science education researchers.
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - October 2017
Veterans Administration
Position
  • Researcher
August 2014 - November 2015
Washington University in St. Louis
Position
  • Project Evaluator
Description
  • http://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/Scholarship/aau/Pages/default.aspx
October 2012 - September 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
November 2019 - December 2020
Loyola University of Chicago
Field of study
  • Advanced research methods (HLM, biostatistics, and meta-analysis)
September 2001 - June 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara
Field of study
  • Cognitive psychology

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Publications (26)
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We explore the relation between spatial thinking and performance and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains. Spatial skills strongly predict who will go into STEM fields. But why is this true? We argue that spatial skills serve as a gateway or barrier for entry into STEM fields. We review literature that indic...
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A new spatial ability test was administered online to 223 undergraduate students enrolled in introductory science courses. The 30-item multiple choice test measures individual differences in ability to identify the two-dimensional cross section of a three-dimensional geometric solid, a skill that has been identified as important in science, technol...
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a r t i c l e i n f o The ability to locate and orient ourselves with respect to environmental space is known as sense of direction (" SOD "). While there is considerable evidence for the predictive utility of self-report measures of this psychological construct, relatively little research has investigated the psychometric properties of the self-re...
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[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] We examined teachers’ spatial-scientific reasoning and the alternative conceptions they held regarding Earth-space content. While participating in a professional development (PD) workshop, teachers engaged in an integrated mathematics and science project-based unit desi...
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[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] Multiple studies show that spatial thinking skills contribute to students’ performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The study of astronomy is no different with the understanding of many astronomical phenomena requiring spatial thinki...
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Active learning with clickers is a common approach in high-enrollment, lecture-based courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In this study, we describe the procedures that faculty at one institution used when implementing clicker-based active learning, and how they situated these activities in their class sessions. Using a mix...
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This poster presents correlations between the Santa Barbara Solids Test, the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test, and engineering students' accuracy in drawing sectional views of mechanical objects.
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In two experiments, we investigated the efficacy of a brief intervention that used interactive animation to trainvstudents to infer the two-dimensional cross section of a virtual three-dimensional geometric figure. Undergraduatesvwith poor spatial ability were assigned to receive the intervention or to a control group. Compared to the control group...
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This paper reports on three experiments that examined the contributions of spatial ability, spatial strategies, and external animations to performance in the mental representation of cross sections. Method In each experiment, participants were asked to mentally represent key spatial relationships in cross sections of an imaginary 3D object displaye...
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Three experiments compared performance and transfer among children aged 83–94 months after written or manipulatives instruction on two-digit subtraction. In Experiment 1a, children learned with manipulatives or with traditional written numerals. All children then completed a written posttest. Experiment 1b investigated whether salient or perceptual...
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Three experiments examined the effects of interactive visualizations and spatial abilities on a task requiring participants to infer and draw cross sections of a three-dimensional (3D) object. The experiments manipulated whether participants could interactively control a virtual 3D visualization of the object while performing the task, and compared...
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In four experiments participants were allowed to manipulate a virtual 3-D object in order to infer and draw 2-D cross sections of it. Key differences between the experiments were the interface and degree of interactivity available. Two experiments used a three degrees-of-freedom inertia tracking device allowing unconstrained interactions and the ot...
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Three experiments examined the effects of interactive visualizations and spatial abilities on a task requiring participants to infer and draw cross sections of a three-dimensional (3D) object. The experiments manipulated whether participants could interactively control a virtual 3D visualization of the object while performing the task, and compared...
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Thirty participants performed a novel spatial inference task, which required them to imagine and draw the cross section of a three-dimensional (3-D) object. While performing the task, participants could interactively control two computer visualisations (animations) of the object. There were large individual differences in how frequently participant...
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In this chapter, we first review previous literature demonstrating the role of spatial thinking in medical performance and training. We then out­ line the general approach of our research group to studying spatial cog­ nition in medicine and describe progress on two current projects, one concerning the role of spatial thinking in laparoscopic surge...
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A novel 30-item multiple choice psychometric test was developed to measure individual differences in a spatial visualization task that involves identifying the cross section that results from the intersection of a cutting plane and a geometric solid. An initial study with 59 participants established the internal reliability and external validity of...
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This protocol study investigated the differences in problem-solving strategies used by participants with low- and high-spatial ability on a spatial visualization task. The task required participants to draw the cross section of an imaginary 3D computer object. Participants had unrestricted access to two dynamic animations of the stimulus object dur...
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In two experiments, we investigated the benefits of using interactive animation and virtual geometric solids for spatial visualization training. Individuals with low spatial ability were trained to recognize the cross section of a three-dimensional (3D) object using interactive animations in which they passed a plane through a 3D object, observed,...

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We tested the utility of a relatively new spatial visualization test (the Solids Test) to characterize individual differences in performance among FYE students with low mental rotation scores.
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Thanks for writing. I am continuing research on training spatial visualization with animation (as in Cohen & Hegarty, 2014). Best regards, Cheryl Cohen