Universiteit Leiden

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Research project

Topic: Spatial thinking

Our everyday life consists of all sorts of spatial processes: we find our way to work, remember where we left our keys, and are able to pick up our cup of coffee. We study how the human brain processes such spatial processes. From a clinical perspective, we are interested in how acquired brain damage can hinder spatial thinking. We work on diagnostic and rehabilitation tools aimed to measure and improve spatial thinking in patients who have experienced brain damage. In an increasingly digital world, spatial thinking is especially important. Many solutions are created to study complex visual material and train certain skills by using immersive technology, such as virtual reality and augmented reality. However, this technology is closely connected to our spatial abilities, which can vary a lot between different people. We study how understanding individual spatial abilities can be used to improve learning in immersive environments

Ineke van der Ham
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