Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

More grist for the learning styles debate. Suppose you are playing a video game where you're flying something, and you want to go up. Do you push your joystick forward or do you pull it toward you? Are you sure? Whatever you picked, a large number of people do it the other way, even to the point of inverting their controls so they push or pull their joystick their preferred way. The big question is: why? Is it something we've learned? Is it an innate preference? Does it depend on the equipment? This article reports on a project "to gain insight into how an individual’s visual perceptual abilities may affect how they interact with both real and virtual environments." Why? "Understanding these sorts of individual differences can help us better predict where to place important information."

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