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ERIC Number: EJ1068826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Spontaneous Recovery of Human Spatial Memory in a Virtual Water Maze
Luna, David; Martínez, Héctor
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v36 n2 p283-308 2015
The occurrence of spontaneous recovery in human spatial memory was assessed using a virtual environment. In Experiment 1, spatial memory was established by training participants to locate a hidden platform in a virtual water maze using a set of four distal landmarks. In Experiment 2, after learning about the location of a hidden platform, the platform was placed in a new position within the virtual water maze in order to extinguish the original learning. An immediate test showed that participants searched for the platform at its most recent location. In contrast, on a delayed test (24 h), participants tended to seek the platform at the original location. These findings are consistent with the spontaneous recovery effect on spatial memory and are discussed in relation to the cognitive map theory and associative approach of spatial memory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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