Ambiguity in acquiring spatial representation from descriptions compared to depictions: The role of spatial orientation

Holly A. Taylor, David H. Uttal, Joan Fisher, Marshall Mazepa

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Abstract

Adults can make judgments about multiple spatial relations based on information gained from different kinds of input, including maps, descriptions, and through navigation [1]. However, factors such as spatial orientation influence performance. We investigated spatial orientation effects on learning from different media. In Experiment 1, participants learned a house from a map or a description. They then judged surrounding locations while imagining being in each room and they reconstructed the house. Participants who learned from a description performed worse on both tasks. Errors suggested they interpreted the term “in front” differently than intended [2]. Experiment 2 tested this hypothesis by examining two factors influencing interpretation of "in front”, specific interpretation instructions and orientation information. The orientation information influenced performance more than the explicit interpretation of “in front.” Taken together, the results indicate multiple influences on the spatial reference frame participants use to interpret spatial terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpatial Information Theory
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations of Geographic Information Science - International Conference, COSIT 2001, Proceedings
EditorsDaniel R. Montello
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages278-291
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)3540426132, 9783540426134
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2001 - Morro Bay, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2001Sep 23 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume2205
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other5th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2001
CountryUnited States
CityMorro Bay
Period9/19/019/23/01

Keywords

  • Map use
  • Perspective taking
  • Reference frame
  • Spatial descriptions
  • Spatial judgments
  • Spatial orientation

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