Goals and the perception of distance and time in virtual environments

Johnson, Angie, Coventry, Kenny and Thompson, Emine Mine (2010) Goals and the perception of distance and time in virtual environments. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 11 - 14 August 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA.

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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 t wo experiments are reported that investigated the role of both goals and environmental structures on me mory for distance and time in Virtual Reality (VR) environments. Experiments 1 and 2 compared the effect of goals varying in urgency and desirability , on memory for distance and time in VR environments with (Experiment 1) and without turns (Experiment 2). Striking effects of goals were found for memory for distance and time in both environments. Experiment 3 examined the origins of these goals 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 they induce.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5351

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