Investigating the role of goals and environmental structure on memory for distance and time in virtual environments

Johnson, Angie, Coventry, Kenny and Thompson, Emine Mine (2010) Investigating the role of goals and environmental structure on memory for distance and time in virtual environments. In: Spatial Cognition VII. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6222 . Springer, London, pp. 7-18. ISBN 978-3642147487

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14749-4_4

Abstract

Individuals rarely walk in an environment without a purpose. However, the influence of goals on the development of ‘cognitive maps’, has largely been ignored. The results of two experiments are reported that investigated the role of both goals and environmental structures on memory for distance and time in Virtual Reality (VR) environments. Experiment 1 compared the effect of goals varying in urgency and desirability on memory for distance and time in VR environments with and without turns. Striking effects of goals were found for memory for distance and time in both environments. Experiment 2 examined the origins of these goal effects through the use of physiological measurement and mood scales. Results show that goals influence distance estimation as a function of the degree of urgency experienced in situ, and not as a function of overall mood state or arousal on the estimation process.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2010, Mt. Hood/Portland, OR, USA, August 15-19, 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive maps, virtual reality, goals, distance and time perception
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 15:19
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 09:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5336

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