Object-Spatial Imagery Questionnaire (OSIQ) is a self-report questionnaire designed to distinguish between two different types of imagers: 1) object imagers who prefer to construct vivid, concrete and detailed images of individual objects (e.g., visual artists), 2) spatial imagers who prefer to use imagery to schematically represent spatial relations among objects and to perform complex spatial transformations (e.g., scientists).
This questionnaire includes two types of questions, directly relevant to object and spatial imagery.
The new instrument was successfully validated in behavioral studies conducted in Prof. Maria Kozhevnikov' Lab (Department of Psychology, George Mason University), administering the battery of imagery paper-and-pencil and computerized tests, and verbal and non-verbal intelligence tests (pdf). Besides, the VIQ spatial scale was validated in the natural environment, in solving large-scale spatial tasks of real-space navigation.
Object-Spatial Imagery Questionnaire is a valuable tool for educational and psychological communities since it helps teachers, educators and psychologists to reliably and efficiently discriminate between two types of visual imagers.