Past research shows that individuals sometimes accentuate parts of drawings and other times leave out details (Brooke, 1995). Factors such as the angle of the light shining on the object, the position of the object, and the type of object, influenced the accuracy of drawings created. Both college students (ages 18-22) and fourth graders (ages 9-10) viewed an object, drew it, and answered a questionnaire. College students drew more accurate pictures than fourth graders. More detailed objects were also drawn more accurately than less detailed objects. However, the lighting and the position did not influence the accuracy of the drawings. While our data shows that age and the type of object are important factors in the drawing accuracy, other factors should be studied in future research.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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