Embodied Spatial Knowledge Acquisition in Immersive Virtual Reality : Comparison to Map Exploration

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Title: Embodied Spatial Knowledge Acquisition in Immersive Virtual Reality : Comparison to Map Exploration
Authors: König, Sabine U.
Keshava, Ashima
Clay, Viviane
Rittershofer, Kirsten
Kuske, Nicolas
König, Peter
ORCID of the author: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3654-5267
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2121-5329
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1054-6811
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5981-2025
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7541-4369
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9152-0666
Abstract: Investigating spatial knowledge acquisition in virtual environments allows studying different sources of information under controlled conditions. Therefore, we built a virtual environment in the style of a European village and investigated spatial knowledge acquisition by experience in the immersive virtual environment and compared it to using an interactive map of the same environment. The environment was well explored, with both exploration sources covering the whole village area. We tested knowledge of cardinal directions, building-to-building orientation, and judgment of direction between buildings in a pointing task. The judgment of directions was more accurate after exploration of the virtual environment than after map exploration. The opposite results were observed for knowledge of cardinal directions and relative orientation between buildings. Time for cognitive reasoning improved task accuracies after both exploration sources. Further, an alignment effect toward the north was only visible after map exploration. Taken together, our results suggest that the source of spatial exploration differentially influenced spatial knowledge acquisition.
Citations: König, S. U., Keshava, A., Clay, V., Rittershofer, K., Kuske, N., & König, P. (2021): Embodied Spatial Knowledge Acquisition in Immersive Virtual Reality: Comparison to Map Exploration. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 2(4).
URL: https://repositorium.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/urn:nbn:de:gbv:700-202105064380
Subject Keywords: spatial cognition; embodied cognition; virtual reality; pointing task; cardinal direction; alignment; navigation
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2021
License name: Attribution 4.0 International
License url: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Type of publication: Einzelbeitrag in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift [article]
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