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Walk and learn: an empirical framework for assessing spatial knowledge acquisition during mobile map use


Brügger, Annina; Richter, Kai-Florian; Fabrikant, Sara I (2016). Walk and learn: an empirical framework for assessing spatial knowledge acquisition during mobile map use. International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings, 1:online.

Abstract

We gladly use automated technology (e.g., smart devices) to extend our hard working minds. But what if such technology turns into mind crutches we cannot do without? Understanding how varying levels of automation in mobile maps might impact navigation performance and spatial knowledge acquisition will provide important insights for the ongoing debate on the potentially detrimental effects of using navigation systems on human spatial cognition. We need to identify the right balance between system automation (support) and user autonomy (self-reliance). Preliminary results of a pilot study performed within a novel empirical framework indicate that it is possible to increase user autonomy and spatial knowledge acquisition without negatively impacting navigation performance and usefulness of the system.

Abstract

We gladly use automated technology (e.g., smart devices) to extend our hard working minds. But what if such technology turns into mind crutches we cannot do without? Understanding how varying levels of automation in mobile maps might impact navigation performance and spatial knowledge acquisition will provide important insights for the ongoing debate on the potentially detrimental effects of using navigation systems on human spatial cognition. We need to identify the right balance between system automation (support) and user autonomy (self-reliance). Preliminary results of a pilot study performed within a novel empirical framework indicate that it is possible to increase user autonomy and spatial knowledge acquisition without negatively impacting navigation performance and usefulness of the system.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:04 Dec 2017 18:08
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 12:33
Publisher:eScholarship University of California
ISSN:2573-783X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.21433/B3113hc8k3js
Official URL:https://escholarship.org/content/qt3hc8k3js/qt3hc8k3js.pdf

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