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Body-based information and the acquisition of spatial knowledge

Dr. Roy Ruddle, VVR Research Group, University of Leeds

Most previous research into the effect of body-based (proprioceptive & vestibular) information on navigation has used basic spatial tasks such as path integration. However, key findings from that work (specifically, the critical importance of rotational body-based cues) do not seem to apply to "everyday" tasks performed in large-scale spaces. I will describe my recent research that has investigated the effect of rotational vs. translational body-based information on large-scale navigation. Participants who were provided with body-based information for the translational and rotational components of movement performed 30-40% better than participants who were only provided with the rotational component (both groups were also provided with a rich visual scene). This performance difference occurred for both route and survey knowledge acquisition.

Date: 21.08.2009

Time: 15.30 h


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