Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Spatial processing in a mental rotation task: Differences between high and low math-anxiety individuals
Author: Núñez Peña, María Isabel
González-Gómez, Belén
Colomé, Àngels
Keywords: Matemàtica
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2019
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: Previous studies suggested that highly math-anxious (HMA) individuals invest more attentional resources than their low math-anxious (LMA) peers in numerical tasks, and have worse spatial skills. We aimed to explore whether they also need to apply more resources in spatial tasks. In this study, HMA and LMA individuals saw normal or mirror-reversed letters in six orientations and made mirror-normal decisions. In both groups, response times and errors increased with angular deviation from upright and the ERP mental rotation effect was found. However, HMAs were slower to respond than their LMA counterparts. Interestingly, the HMA group showed a larger P3b in greater deviations for normal letters and in all mirrored letters. Since P3b amplitude reflects the attentional resources invested in the categorization of relevant stimuli, HMA individuals may need to devote more processing effort than their LMA peers when performing mental rotation. This finding is consistent with the Attentional Control Theory.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a:
It is part of: Biological Psychology, 2019, vol. 146, p. 107727
Related resource:
ISSN: 0301-0511
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Institut de Neurociències (UBNeuro))
Articles publicats en revistes (Cognició, Desenvolupament i Psicologia de l'Educació)
Articles publicats en revistes (Psicologia Social i Psicologia Quantitativa)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
690616.pdf1.24 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons