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What Are Spatial Abilities
and How Do They Pertain
to Geoscience Tasks?
In this unit we examine what it is that psychologists mean when they speak of "spatial ability," and how they seek to measure spatial abilities. We point out the parallels between the assessments that psychologists use in measuring spatial abilities and tasks encountered by geoscientists and geoscience students. Finally, we summarize what psychologists have learned through their observations of spatial abilities.