Sharlene D. Newman, PhD


Sharlene D. Newman, PhD
Professor, University of Alabama & Indiana University

Date and Time

Monday, November 1, 2021
11:10 am - 12:30 pm



Sharlene D. Newman's Abstract

Visual-spatial processing and its interaction with higher-order cognition

Spatial processing involves the manipulation of a visual percept/object; visual perception is the ability to interpret visual information. Both skills have been linked to problem solving and STEM attainment, this is particularly true for spatial processing. In this talk, I will discuss fMRI studies of visual-spatial processing during problem solving and how spatial processing ability affects problem-solving performance. I will also discuss some of our work that shows how play, particularly block-play, may improve spatial processing in children, and then speculate about how learning to draw may affect visual perception.