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Is Mental Rotation Ability a Predictor of Success for Motor Performance?

Abstract : Previous studies provided evidence of a relationship between mental rotation (MR) and motor processes in children and adults. However, there is no direct evidence that MR ability is a reliable predictor of success for motor performance. After completion of a MR test, the motor performance of 7- to 8-year-old and 11- to 12-year-old children was measured along a steeple chase and an equivalent straight distance sprint. The chase involved several motor actions requiring, among different competencies, spatial abilities such as performing a forward roll, jumping, crawling, turning, and changing directions. Data revealed that the time taken to complete the chase was influenced by speed and sex, but also by the individual MR ability. Based on these findings, we assume that MR and motor performance may share similar subprocesses.
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Nady Hoyek, Stéphane Champely, Christian Collet, Patrick Fargier, Aymeric Guillot. Is Mental Rotation Ability a Predictor of Success for Motor Performance?. Journal of Cognition and Development, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2014, 15 (3), pp.495-505. ⟨10.1080/15248372.2012.760158⟩. ⟨hal-02365369⟩



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