Correlation Between Perceptual Ability and Student Performance in Dental Students

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Samerchit Pithpornchaiyakul
Kitipong Wongareerat
Charintorn Tanawongwanich
Pimchanok Sangpach
Pasita Paetrat
Sissada Tannukit


The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between perceptual ability and student performance in dental school. This study was conducted by collecting data of 190 students enrolled in dental school at Prince of Songkla University. The academic records include perceptual ability test (PAT) score, grade and practical test score in preclinical courses that are related to perceptual ability, gender, and predental grade point average (GPA). Independent t-test, Pearson and Spearman rank correlations were used to analyze the difference of mean variables between gender, and the relationship between PAT scores and student performance, respectively. Significantly positive correlation was found between PAT scores and some grades and practical test scores in preclinical courses (r=0.15-0.27, p<0.05). In addition, there was no statistical difference in PAT scores between gender. However, some grades and practical test scores in preclinical courses were significantly different between male and female students. These findings would be beneficial in applying to monitor and assess the student’s learning outcomes. In addition, these results can be used to develop co-curricular activities to improve the student performance.


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Pithpornchaiyakul S, Wongareerat K, Tanawongwanich C, Sangpach P, Paetrat P, Tannukit S. Correlation Between Perceptual Ability and Student Performance in Dental Students. KDJ [Internet]. 2021Aug.16 [cited 2021Oct.24];24(2):32-1. Available from:
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