Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William Pfohl, Daniel Roenker, John O'Connor

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A form for assessing imagery ability based on behavioral criteria in response to an imaginary ball toss was developed and its utility as a screening device for reading difficulties was evaluated. The Imagery Assessment Form was administered to 167 kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grade children. Grade and sex differences were compared and the imagery scores were correlated with standardized reading achievement scores. Significant mean score differences were found between kindergarteners and second graders only. Significant sex differences in imagery were observed across all grade groups. There was no sex by grade interaction. Positive significant correlations between imagery and reading scores were only obtained for sixth grade males and fourth grade females. The validity of the Imagery Assessment Form and suggestions for further research were discussed.


Arts and Humanities | Child Psychology | Psychology | Reading and Language | School Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences