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The advantage of globally visible landmarks for spatial learning


Credé, Sascha; Thrash, Tyler; Hölscher, Christoph; Fabrikant, Sara I (2020). The advantage of globally visible landmarks for spatial learning. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 67:101369.

Abstract

Despite much recent interest, it is unclear which types of landmarks are best suited for survey knowledge acquisition. Thus, we investigated the accuracy of survey knowledge after the learning of sequentially visible (local) landmarks and simultaneously visible (global) landmarks from a first-person perspective during navigation through a virtual city. We also assessed systematically the role of working memory during navigation with a concurrent spatial-sequential task. Our results indicate that the learning of local and global landmark configurations are similarly affected by this concurrent task. We also find greater accuracy for the acquisition of global landmark knowledge compared to local landmark knowledge, especially for participants with high working memory capacity.

Abstract

Despite much recent interest, it is unclear which types of landmarks are best suited for survey knowledge acquisition. Thus, we investigated the accuracy of survey knowledge after the learning of sequentially visible (local) landmarks and simultaneously visible (global) landmarks from a first-person perspective during navigation through a virtual city. We also assessed systematically the role of working memory during navigation with a concurrent spatial-sequential task. Our results indicate that the learning of local and global landmark configurations are similarly affected by this concurrent task. We also find greater accuracy for the acquisition of global landmark knowledge compared to local landmark knowledge, especially for participants with high working memory capacity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Applied Psychology, Social Psychology
Language:English
Date:1 February 2020
Deposited On:20 Nov 2019 15:10
Last Modified:07 Nov 2020 01:00
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0272-4944
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101369
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200020_156072
  • : Project TitleEMOtive: Affective and effective visual analytics displays
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200020_156072
  • : Project TitleEMOtive: Affective and effective visual analytics displays

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