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  Spatial Memory for Highly Familiar Environments

Frankenstein, J., Meilinger, T., Mohler, B., & Bülthoff, H. (2009). Spatial Memory for Highly Familiar Environments. In N. Taatgen, & H. van Rijn (Eds.), 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009) (pp. 2650-2655). Austin, TX, USA: Cognitive Science Society.

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Frankenstein, J1, 2, Author              
Meilinger, T1, 2, Author              
Mohler, BJ1, 2, Author              
Bülthoff, HH1, 2, Author              
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: In this experiment we examined orientation dependency in human memory for a highly familiar environmental space. Twenty-seven inhabitants living for at least two years in Tübingen saw a photorealistic virtual model of the city center (Virtual Tübingen) through a head-mounted display. They were teleported to five different initial locations in Virtual Tübingen and asked to point towards well-known target locations. This procedure was repeated in twelve different body-orientations for each of the initial locations. Participants pointed more accurately when oriented northwards regardless of the initial location. We also found a small effect of local orientation. The more participants were aligned with the street leading to the target location the better was their pointing performance. Even though the strong alignment effect with a global orientation is predicted by reference direction theory, this theory does not predict that this global orientation is, first, common for almost all participants, and second, t hat this orientation is north. We discuss our results with respect to well-known theories of spatial memory and speculate that the bias we find for north orientation is due to participants relying on memory of a city map of Tübingen for their pointing response.

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 Dates: 2009-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009)
Place of Event: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Start-/End Date: 2009-07-29 - 2009-08-01

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Title: 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009)
Source Genre: Proceedings
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Taatgen, N, Editor
van Rijn, H, Editor
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Publ. Info: Austin, TX, USA : Cognitive Science Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 2650 - 2655 Identifier: ISBN: 978-1-61567-407-7