The Comparison of Mental Rotation Performances and Academic Achievements Between Faculty of Education Students and Elite Athletes
Journal of Education and Learning
Mental rotation (MR) performance is the ability to rotate three-dimensional objects using the imagination. As the ability to generate, retrieve, maintain, and manipulate visual-spatial information, MR plays a critical role throughout education and sport. In this aspect our objective in this study was to compare MR performances between students of art, foreign languages (FL), computer-instructional technologies (CIT), non-students/athletes (control) and elite karate athletes (EA). In the
... EA). In the computer-based MR test, the image files of the library “Mental Rotation Stimulus Library” were used with the written permission of the author. A total of 144 participants composed of 79 males and 65 females volunteered in the study. Comparing the academic achievements with the EA group and art, CIT, FL and control groups; it was observed that all the groups are better than EA (p < 0.05). However, no significant difference was found between elite karate athletes and all groups in MR performances (p > 0.05). In conclusion, it is known that academic achievement can effects MR performance positively. Similarly, the importance of MR performance in terms of sporting success also explains the similarity of the performance in MR between the groups.