• Tim N. Höffler
  • Detlev Leutner
In two experiments, the role of spatial ability in learning from an instructional animation versus a series of static pictures was studied. In both experiments, a statistical interaction of spatial ability and type of visualization was obtained: Low-spatial ability students showed poor learning outcome when learning from pictures while high-spatial students did not; when learning from animation, however, learning outcome was independent from spatial ability. The results are in line with an ability-as-compensator hypothesis which states that constructing mental animations from non-dynamic materials needs spatial ability; with animated learning materials, however, spatial ability is not required. No overall differences between static pictures and animation were found.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume27
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
ISSN0747-5632
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Spatial ability, Instructional animation, Static pictures, Visualization, Interaction

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