Relationships between the dorsal-ventral questionnaire and the General Aptitude Test Battery in Japan

[Speaker] Shibahara, Naoki:1
[Co-author] Endo, Masao:1, Ishii, Hisao:1, Tanaka, Yuka:2
1:Kobe University of Welfare (Japan), 2:Seisen Jogakuin University (Japan)

Kosslyn and colleagues have recently claimed that compared to a left-right divide, a top-bottom divide is a more suitable way to organize human cortical brain functions. The purpose of this research was to assess their new theory of cognitive modes based on the top and bottom brain systems, using the Japanese version of the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) and the dorsal-ventral questionnaire produced by Kosslyn et al. The GATB and the dorsal-ventral questionnaire were administered to 102 Japanese college students. The results showed that there was a significant correlation between scores on the dorsal items and those on the ventral items, and that scores on the dorsal items were positively correlated with Spatial Aptitude and Motor Coordination scores, whereas scores on the ventral items were negatively correlated with Numerical Aptitude scores. These results partially supported the theory of cognitive modes.
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