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Visuo-spatial ability and damage in laparoscopic simulator training

Sliwinski, Jacek (2010) Visuo-spatial ability and damage in laparoscopic simulator training.

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Abstract:The current study investigated the role of visuo-spatial ability on Damage in laparoscopic simulator training. Although most studies agree on the predictive power of visuo-spatial ability on surgical performance, it has been so far studied only in limited detail. This exploratory study used four individual visuo-spatial ability factors to determine its relationship on Damage, which is only scarcely investigated in this context. The term Damage is referred to as any negative consequence of an action to the virtual tissue, which was in this study defined by various exercise-dependent variables. Seven trainees participated in a training program from which the data for this study is acquired, comprising five training sessions with six exercises on the LapSIM simulator. Damage was characterized by an early significant improvement and only little advancements thereafter. The visuo-spatial ability factor Visualization was found to be of particular influence in the laparoscopic simulator training.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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