Sensorimotor interference when reasoning about described environments

Marios N. Avraamides, Melina Kyranides, Thomas Barkowsky (Editor), Markus Knauff (Editor), Gérard Ligozat (Editor), Daniel R. Montello (Editor)

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The influence of sensorimotor interference was examined in two experiments that compared pointing with iconic arrows and verbal responding in a task that entailed locating target-objects from imagined perspectives. Participants studied text narratives describing objects at locations around them in a remote environment and then responded to targets from memory. Results revealed only minor differences between the two response modes suggesting that bodily cues do not exert severe detrimental interference on spatial reasoning from imagined perspective when non-immediate described environments are used. The implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Cognition 2006
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Cognition V Reasoning, Action, Interaction
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783540756651, 9783540756668
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


  • spatial reasoning
  • alignment effect
  • sensorimotor interference

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