Dynamic Spatial Test in Augmented Reality

In the project we develop a new type of test for the assessment of spatial abilities that differs from conventional spatial ability tests in several aspects.

First, traditional spatial ability tests (paper-pencil as well as on-screen computer versions) assess 3-dimensional spatial abilities with 2-dimensional means. The new test will measure the ability to visualize and mentally manipulate 3-dimensional objects in actual 3-dimensional space, and should thus have a higher ecological validity than previous spatial ability tests. This will be possible through use of the augmented reality tool Construct3D, which allows the projecting of virtual 3-dimensional objects into real space where they can be seen and manipulated by means of Head Mounted Display and 6DOF input device.

Project Team:
Hannes Kaufmann, Mathis Csisinko Michael Mehling, Annette Mossel (Vienna UT IMS), Judith Glück (Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt)

Project Time: 2007 - 2010

Links: Project Homepage

Related Publications:
  • Strasser, I., Koller, I., Strauss, S., Csisinko, M., Kaufmann, H., Glück, J., Use of strategy in a 3-dimensional spatial ability test, Journal of Individual Differences, Vol 31(2), pp 74-77, Hogrefe Publishing, 2010
  • KAUFMANN, H., CSISINKO, M., STRASSER, I., STRAUSS, S., KOLLER, I., Gkück, J., Design of a virtual reality supported test for spatial abilities, In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (ICGG), pp 122--123, Dresden, Germany, 2008