NSF-funded study to probe visualization, problem-solving

Lance Perez and Dennis Molfese
Lance Perez and Dennis Molfese

Despite its extreme spectrum of disciplines, approaches and uses, the core of all modern engineering lies in applying critical thought to solve complex problems.

Prior research has suggested that this problem-solving capacity may stem partly from spatial visualization – the ability to clearly see and manipulate three-dimensional forms through the proverbial mind’s eye.

With the support of a new three-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ohio State University are aiming to reveal the first physiological links between these two vital skill-sets.

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