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Structural equation modeling of spatial presence: The influence of cognitive processes and traits


Hofer, Matthias; Wirth, Werner; Kuehne, Rinaldo; Schramm, Holger; Sacau, Ana (2012). Structural equation modeling of spatial presence: The influence of cognitive processes and traits. Media Psychology, 15(4):373-395.

Abstract

This article examines the formation process of spatial presence, which is conceived as a two-step process involving the construction of a mental model of the mediated environment, followed by the emergence of spatial presence. During both stages, cognitive processes and user traits are in effect. We present data derived from a pooled set of data of three studies using the same virtual environment. Structural equation modeling is used to confirm the proposed theoretical model. The results show that attention and the trait of visual spatial imagery are positive predictors of the mental model of the mediated environment. In the second step, the formation of spatial presence is governed by involvement, the suspension of disbelief, and the domain-specific interest, together with the mental model.

Abstract

This article examines the formation process of spatial presence, which is conceived as a two-step process involving the construction of a mental model of the mediated environment, followed by the emergence of spatial presence. During both stages, cognitive processes and user traits are in effect. We present data derived from a pooled set of data of three studies using the same virtual environment. Structural equation modeling is used to confirm the proposed theoretical model. The results show that attention and the trait of visual spatial imagery are positive predictors of the mental model of the mediated environment. In the second step, the formation of spatial presence is governed by involvement, the suspension of disbelief, and the domain-specific interest, together with the mental model.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 11:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:14
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1521-3269
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2012.723118

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