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  Navigation in real and virtual environments: Judging orientation and distance in a large-scale landscape

Distler, H., van Veen, H., Braun, S., Heinz, W., Franz, M., & Bülthoff, H. (1998). Navigation in real and virtual environments: Judging orientation and distance in a large-scale landscape. In M. Göbel, U. Lang, J. Landauer, & M. Walper (Eds.), Virtual Environments ’98: Proceedings of the Eurographics Workshop in Stuttgart, Germany, June 16–18, 1998 (pp. 124-133). Wien, Austria: Springer.

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Distler, HK1, 2, Author              
van Veen, HAHC1, 2, Author              
Braun, SJ1, 2, Author              
Heinz, W1, 2, Author              
Franz, MO1, 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: Virtual environments (VE) provide an almost optimal setting for studying human navigation behaviour. The current study compares the ability of human subjects to judge the distance and orientation of places in a natural landscape and in its corresponding virtual 3D model. The results of the Euclidean distance judgements confirm that spatial knowledge acquired in VEs is less accurate than that acquired in the real world. However, distance judgements performed by subjects using a VRbicycle to actively move in the scene (active observer) were more accurate than those of subjects who were automatically driven through the landscape (passive observer). The accuracy of the orientation judgements was the same in both environments and independent of the use of the VRbicycle. The results suggest that the VRbicycle can facilitate the perception of spatial dimensions but that additional improvements of the man-machine interface of our VE are needed to improve the subjects’ sense of orientation.

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 Dates: 1998-06
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: BibTex Citekey: 152
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7091-7519-4_12
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Title: Eurographics Workshop 1998
Place of Event: Stuttgart, Germany
Start-/End Date: 1998-06-16 - 1998-06-18

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Title: Virtual Environments ’98: Proceedings of the Eurographics Workshop in Stuttgart, Germany, June 16–18, 1998
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Göbel, M, Editor
Lang, U, Editor
Landauer, J, Editor
Walper, M, Editor
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Publ. Info: Wien, Austria : Springer
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 124 - 133 Identifier: ISBN: 3-211-83233-5

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