The role of perspective in locating position in a real-world, unfamiliar environment

T Iachini, R H Logie

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Abstract

This paper reports an exploration of how perspective information contributes to localizing and orienting oneself in a real-world, unfamiliar environment. Participants were asked to recognize their positions on a three-dimensional map by observing real buildings from different perspectives set at viewpoints between 0degrees and 180degrees from a starting position. Results showed that participants were able to use remembered perspective information to locate their subsequent, different position in the correct area of space. They also showed a linear increase in rotation times as the angular distance increased between initially perceived perspective and test position. This finding suggests that the representation of the spatial information acquired from a real world large-scale environment is orientation dependent. Copyright (C) 2003 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-732
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

Keywords

  • ARE-HERE MAPS
  • COGNITIVE MAPS
  • ORIENTATION-SPECIFICITY
  • SPATIAL KNOWLEDGE
  • MENTAL ROTATION
  • MEMORY
  • INFORMATION
  • NAVIGATION
  • LOCOMOTION
  • OBJECTS

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