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We construct artificial outcrops out of plywood on the Lamont campus that together would form a large geologic structure, part of which is eroded or covered by dirt and vegetation. One structure is an elongate basin, and another is an anticline. Participants are expert geoscientists and novice learners. They will be guided by an experimenter around a set of outcrops and take notes while walking around. When they finished walking around the outcrops, they will be asked to choose among an array of scale models of possible geologic structures the one that they think best represents the buried structure. Then they will orient the model so that it is aligned with the actual structure in the real world. They will be asked to "think aloud" while choosing and orienting the model; this process is videotaped so that we can analyze their thought processes and develop strategy-training methods. As individual differences measures, they will also be asked to take standard spatial tests and a questionnaire assessing their learning style (verbal vs. spatial).
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