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Let’s put the skyscrapers on the display—decoupling spatial learning from working memory


Credé, Sascha; Fabrikant, Sara I (2017). Let’s put the skyscrapers on the display—decoupling spatial learning from working memory. In: COSIT 2017: International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, L'Aquila (I), 4 September 2017 - 8 September 2017, 163-170.

Abstract

Driven by the increasing evidence of negative effects on spatial learning when using automated navigation systems, the academic and private sectors have become interested in strategies to improve users spatial awareness when relying on such devices during navigation. Global landmarks have been found to support orientation when using navigation devices, particularly for individuals with low spatial abilities. However, there is no empirical evidence on how global landmarks differ from local landmarks when processed and stored in working memory during navigation, and how cognitive demands from concurrent tasks might interfere with learning. In the proposed study, we aim to contribute to the understanding of these processes by investigating how local and global landmarks are mentally processed and integrated into a coherent cognitive map. We observe participants solving assisted navigation tasks with different levels of working memory load in a virtual urban environment. Insights into the efficiency of learning local and global landmarks under high concurrent task demands will be beneficial to develop future design guidelines that improve spatial learning in general, and more particularly in stressful navigation situations.

Abstract

Driven by the increasing evidence of negative effects on spatial learning when using automated navigation systems, the academic and private sectors have become interested in strategies to improve users spatial awareness when relying on such devices during navigation. Global landmarks have been found to support orientation when using navigation devices, particularly for individuals with low spatial abilities. However, there is no empirical evidence on how global landmarks differ from local landmarks when processed and stored in working memory during navigation, and how cognitive demands from concurrent tasks might interfere with learning. In the proposed study, we aim to contribute to the understanding of these processes by investigating how local and global landmarks are mentally processed and integrated into a coherent cognitive map. We observe participants solving assisted navigation tasks with different levels of working memory load in a virtual urban environment. Insights into the efficiency of learning local and global landmarks under high concurrent task demands will be beneficial to develop future design guidelines that improve spatial learning in general, and more particularly in stressful navigation situations.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Event End Date:8 September 2017
Deposited On:16 Jan 2018 16:11
Last Modified:20 Sep 2018 04:27
ISBN:978-3-319-63945
Additional Information:Proceedings of Workshops and Posters at the 13th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2017)
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-63946-8_31

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