How to measure spatial abilities in visually impaired people?

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    For the measurement of spatial abilities in sighted persons various tests exist. However, since these rely on vision, they are useless for visually impaired persons (VIPs). This study aimed at founding two self-constructed vision-free tests for spatial ability measurement of VIPs on existing conventional spatial ability tests. To do so, a group of sighted participants was selected to match a group of VIPs for which test data were already available on the two vision-free tests. They were also exposed to the vision-free tests, added with conventional tests for spatial ability. In this way a kind of tri-angular comparison was made between the test results to correlate the results of the sighted people with the VIPs, and to correlate the two vision-free tests with conventional with-vision tests within the sighted participants group. The results showed that some, but not all, aspects of spatial abilities, may be measured with the vision-free tests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 29-Aug-2012
    Eventthe International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP) 2012 - University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
    Duration: 29-Aug-201231-Aug-2012


    Conferencethe International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP) 2012


    • spatial skills
    • Test development

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