Age and Experience Effects in Spatial Visualization

Timothy A. Salthouse, Renee L. Babcock, Eric Skovronek, Debora R.D. Mitchell, Roni Palmon

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Three studies were conducted to investigate effects related to age and experience on measures of spatial visualization ability. All research participants were college-educated men; those in the experienced group were practicing or recently retired architects. The major results of the studies were (a) that increased age was found to be associated with lower levels of performance on several tests of spatial visualization and (b) that this was true both for unselected adults and for adults with extensive spatial visualization experience. These findings seem to suggest that age-related effects in some aspects of cognitive functioning may be independent of experiential influences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-136
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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