Engineers' abilities influence spatial perspective changing

Paola Verde, Gregorio Angelino, Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Carrozzo, Laura Piccardi, Raffaella Nori

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In this paper we studied the effect of engineering expertise in providing directional judgments. We asked two groups of people, engineers and non-engineers, to observe and memorize five maps, each including a four-point path, for 30 sec. The path was then removed and the participants had to provide two directional judgments: aligned (the imagined perspective on the task was the same as the one just learned), and counter-aligned (the imagined perspective on the task was rotated by 180°). Our results showed that engineers are equally able to perform aligned and counter-aligned directional judgments. The alignment effect due to the distance from the learning perspective was, in fact, shown only by non-engineers. Results are discussed considering engineering both learning expertise and specific predisposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Engineering
  • Expertise-job related
  • Individual Difference
  • Perspective Taking
  • Spatial Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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