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Spatial Updating in Narratives

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Hatzipanayioti, A., Galati, A., & Avraamides, M. (2014). Spatial Updating in Narratives. In C. Freksa, B. Nebel, M. Hegarty, & T. Barkowsky (Eds.), Spatial Cognition IX (pp. 1-13). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-BA2E-B
Across two experiments we investigated spatial updating in environments encoded through narratives. In Experiment 1, in which participants were given visualization instructions to imagine the protagonist’s movement, they formed an initial representation during learning but did not update it during subsequent described movement. In Experiment 2, in which participants were instructed to physically move in space towards the directions of the described objects prior to testing, there was evidence for spatial updating. Overall, findings indicate that physical movement can cause participants to link a spatial representation of a remote environment to a sensorimotor framework and update the locations of remote objects while they move.