Locating oneself on a map in relation to person qualities and map characteristics

Lynn S. Liben, Lauren J. Myers, Kim A. Kastens

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Adults were taken to various positions on a college campus and asked to mark their locations on a round or square map drawn from either directly overhead or from an oblique angle. In session 1, participants were also given paper and pencil spatial tests to assess their skills in mental rotation (2D figure rotation), spatial visualization (paper folding), and spatial perception (water level). In session 2, participants completed computer-based navigation and mapping tasks. Performance varied widely among participants. Regression analyses showed that spatial skills predicted performance on both campus and computer mapping tasks, but the specific spatial skills that predicted success differed. Across map types, some differences in strategies and speed were observed. Findings show the value of research with both real and simulated environments, and with maps having varying cartographic properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpatial Cognition VI
Subtitle of host publicationLearning, Reasoning, and Talking about Space - International Conference Spatial Cognition 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference Spatial Cognition 2008 - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: Sep 15 2008Sep 19 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5248 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherInternational Conference Spatial Cognition 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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