Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world wayfinding navigation performance

Coutrot, Antoine, Schmidt, Sophie, Coutrot, Lena, Pittman, Jessica, Hong, Lynne, Wiener, Jan, Holscher, Christoph, Dalton, Ruth, Hornberger, Michael and Spiers, Hugo (2019) Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world wayfinding navigation performance. PLoS ONE, 14 (3). e0213272. ISSN 1932-6203

journal.pone.0213272.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (2MB) | Preview
Official URL:


Virtual reality environments presented on smart-phone and tablet devices have potential to aid the early diagnosis of conditions such as Alzheimer's dementia by quantifying impairments in navigation performance. However, it is unclear whether performance on mobile devices can predict navigation errors in the real-world. In a preliminary study we tested 30 participants (15 female, 18-30 years old) on their wayfinding ability in our mobile app 'Sea Hero Quest' and on novel real-world wayfinding task in London (UK). We find a significant correlation between virtual and real-world navigation performance and a male advantage on both tasks, although smaller in the real-world environment. These results are consistent with prior studies which have reported navigation in the virtual environments are predictive of real-world navigation performance and a consistent male advantage. Future research will need to test a larger sample size and older participants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial cognition, virtual environment, real-world environment, gender differences, dementia
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G400 Computer Science
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2018 11:04
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 12:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics