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Cognitive Psychology Lab 1

Cognitive Psychology Lab 1 - Shivali Gupta Cogs 121 Psych...

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Shivali Gupta February 18, 2010 Cogs 121/ Psych 160 Lab 1: Mental Rotation Basic Questions: 1. Were your personal experimental results similar to the predicted experimental results? Explain your answer. My personal experimental results were 2. Why did Shepard & Metzler’s (1971) findings suggest that mental images were similar to real images? Shepard and Metzler’s findings suggest that mental images were similar to real images because when subjects were presented with two similar but rotated images it took longer for the subjects to determine of the images were the same due to the increasing difference of angle. The increase in the angle of rotation resulted in increased reaction-time measurements, which indicate that it takes time to mentally rotate an image, and therefore implies that mental images are much like real images. 3. In demonstrations like this, participants often report that they mentally rotate the
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