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Front. Educ. | doi: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00082

Evidence of a relationship between mental rotation skills and performance in a 3D puzzle game

 Nicolaas VanMeerten1, 2*,  Keisha Varma2, Matthew Gravelle3, Nickolas Miller3, Evva Kraikul1 and Farzan Fatemi2, 3
  • 1Other, United States
  • 2University of Minnesota Twin Cities, United States
  • 3Other, United States

Spatial reasoning is an ability that people utilize on a daily basis, that has also been linked to performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. However, there are very few widely available opportunities to train spatial reasoning skills that have been proven to be effective tools. As a first step in the validation process, this study sought to establish whether performance on a measure of intrinsic and dynamic spatial reasoning ability was related to performance within Optica, a mobile puzzle game. To investigate this relationship, 168 middle school students participated in a within-subjects study over three days. The results of this study have been promising, as our analysis indicated that there was a significant relationship between the number of levels completed in Optica and score on the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test - Revised: Visualization of Rotations (Revised PSVT: R).

Keywords: video game, Game, spatial reasoning, training, STEM - Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

Received: 14 Mar 2019; Accepted: 24 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Monika Akbar, The University of Texas at El Paso, United States

Reviewed by:

Maria Cutumisu, University of Alberta, Canada
Lu Wang, Ball State University, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 VanMeerten, Varma, Gravelle, Miller, Kraikul and Fatemi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Nicolaas VanMeerten, Other, Minneapolis, United States, vanm0034@umn.edu