ERIC Number: EJ1056042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Humans Have Precise Knowledge of Familiar Geographical Slants
Stigliani, Anthony; Li, Zhi; Durgin, Frank H.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v39 n6 p1966-1973 Nov 2013
Whereas maps primarily represent the 2-dimensional layout of the environment, people are also aware of the 3-dimensional layout of their environment. An experiment conducted on a small college campus tested whether the remembered slants of familiar paths were precisely represented. Three measures of slant (verbal, manual, and pictorial) were collected in 2 different between-subject conditions (perception and memory) for 5 familiar paths on the campus of Swarthmore College, ranging in slant from 0.5° to 8.6°. Estimates from memory and from perception did not differ for any of the measures. Moreover, estimates from all measures, though different in mean value, were correlated within participant, suggesting a common underlying representation was consulted in all cases.
Descriptors: Maps, Perception, Memory, Familiarity, Small Colleges, Campuses, Pictorial Stimuli, College Students, Measurement, Geography, Correlation, Task Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Eye Institute (NEI)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Grant or Contract Numbers: R15 EY021026