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Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity
written by Elise Agra, Jason Sattizahn, Megan Mikota, Sian L. Beilock, and Susan M. Fischer
We investigated the effect of sensorimotor (or embodied) experience on people's understanding of the concept of center of gravity (CoG). To create an embodied experience, we developed a set of balancing activities using a meter stick and a set of disks. Participants in the embodied group balanced systems of objects directly on their hands. Participants in the hands-on group used a fulcrum to balance the systems of objects but did not directly experience the feeling of balancing a system of objects. Participants in both groups performed better on questions in which: (1) objects are symmetric compared to asymmetric, (2) the system CoG is at the same location as the object CoG compared to when these locations are different, and (3) a yes/no response based on the definition of CoG is required compared to when the CoG location must be explicitly or implicitly located. Participants in both the hands-on and embodied groups showed an improvement in overall accuracy on questions that tested their understanding of concepts related to CoG compared to participants who did not do any balancing activities. The greatest improvement was found on the more challenging questions in which the extended objects are asymmetric, the object CoG is at a different location than the system CoG, and a location related to CoG is explicitly requested.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 24-27
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Classical Mechanics
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
= Center of Gravity
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
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E. Agra, J. Sattizahn, M. Mikota, S. Beilock, and S. Fischer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14185&DocID=4537).
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E. Agra, J. Sattizahn, M. Mikota, S. Beilock, and S. Fischer, Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14185&DocID=4537>.
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Agra, E., Sattizahn, J., Mikota, M., Beilock, S., & Fischer, S. (2016, July 20-21). Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 8, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14185&DocID=4537
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Agra, E, J. Sattizahn, M. Mikota, S. Beilock, and S. Fischer. "Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14185&DocID=4537 (accessed 8 December 2019).
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Agra, Elise, Jason Sattizahn, Megan Mikota, Sian Beilock, and Susan Fischer. "Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 24-27 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14185&DocID=4537>.
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