Date of Award

Summer 8-1996

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aeronautical Science


Aeronautical Science

Committee Chair

Gerald D. Gibb

Committee Member

John A. Wise

Committee Member

Richard S. Gibson


The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the angles of mental rotation when attempting to spatially orientate and the resulting response times and levels of accuracy. By means of a computer program, participants were presented with 64 mental rotational trials. The mental rotational trials consisted of a triangle placed in the center of the screen with a standard stick symbol of an aircraft appearing at various headings and orientations around the triangle. The participants were required to imagine themselves inside the flight deck of the aircraft, and then respond as quickly and accurately as possible to where the triangle is in relation to their orientation. Analysis of the data indicated that as the amount of angular displacement increased from the straight ahead and directly behind positions, the response times and accuracy rates increased and decreased respectively. Additionally, responses for the cardinal orientations were faster than the non-cardinal orientations.