Brain activation during mental rotation in school children and adults

Kucian, K.; von Aster, M.; Loenneker, T.; Dietrich, T.; Mast, F. W.; Martin, E. (2007). Brain activation during mental rotation in school children and adults. Journal of neural transmission, 114(5), pp. 675-686. Springer Vienna 10.1007/s00702-006-0604-5

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Mental rotation is a complex cognitive skill depending on the manipulation of mental representations. We aimed to investigate the maturing neuronal network for mental rotation by measuring brain activation in 20 children and 20 adults using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Our results indicate that brain activation patterns are very similar between children and adults. However, adults exhibit stronger activation in the left intraparietal sulcus compared to children. This finding suggests a shift of activation from a predominantly right parietal activation in children to a bilateral activation pattern in adults. Furthermore, adults show a deactivation of the posterior cingulate gyrus and precuneus, which is not observed in children. In conclusion, developmental changes of brain activation during mental rotation are leading to a bilateral parietal activation pattern and faster performance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Mast, Fred

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0300-9564

Publisher:

Springer Vienna

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannette Gatschet

Date Deposited:

15 Oct 2020 16:46

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2020 16:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00702-006-0604-5

PubMed ID:

17160371

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147066

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147066

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