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ERIC Number: EJ823536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Blocking of Spatial Learning between Enclosure Geometry and a Local Landmark
Wilson, Paul N.; Alexander, Tim
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v34 n6 p1369-1376 Nov 2008
In a virtual environment, blocking of spatial learning to locate an invisible target was found reciprocally between a distinctively shaped enclosure and a local landmark within its walls. The blocking effect was significantly stronger when the shape of the enclosure rather than the landmark served as the blocking cue. However, the extent to which the landmark blocked enclosure-shape learning was not influenced by increasing the physical salience of the landmark. The outcomes are the first to suggest that cue-interaction effects, commonly found in human and animal contingency learning experiments, are also found in human spatial learning based on landmarks and enclosure walls. The data are discussed in terms of spatial reference frames.
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Language: English
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