Spatial Intelligence is “The ability to conceptualize and manipulate large-scale spatial arrays (e.g. airplane pilot, sailor), or more local forms of space (e.g. architect, chess player).”1
Spatial intelligence, or visuo-spatial ability, has been defined “the ability to generate, retain, retrieve, and transform well-structured visual images” (Lohman 1996).
It’s what we do when we visualize shapes in our “mind’s eye.”
It’s the mental feat that architects and engineers perform when they design buildings. The capacity that permits a chemist to contemplate the three-dimensional structure of a molecule, or a surgeon to navigate the human body.
It’s what Michelangelo used when he visualized a future sculpture trapped inside a lump of stone.From Spatial intelligence: What is it, and how can we enhance it?
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