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Best Practices from Education and Cognitive Science Research

Cognitive science research sheds light on why teaching with visualizations is effective.


Fraser Figure optical illusion found at Wikipedia

How do Cognitive Processes and Visualization Link?

Drawing of the base of the brain by Andrea Vesalius (1543)

Role of Animation

Visualizations are most effective if their organization reflects the mental organization that the student is creating. For example, if students create a series of still images in their mind to represent a geologic process, a series of still images will be most effective in conveying information. Similarly, if students create a mental movie, an animation may be more effective.

Spatial Skills

Helping Students Understand Maps

Kazan-Khanate Map from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia found at Wikipedia.com

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