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The role of texture fidelity on spatial learning in synthetic environments

Geudeke, B. (2008) The role of texture fidelity on spatial learning in synthetic environments.

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Abstract:Synthetic environments are slowly adopted for experimental use, cooperative product design and rapid prototyping. However, the influence of single variables on spatial learning is not fully known. The current study investigated the role of texture fidelity on spatial learning in a virtual supermarket. Participants were tested on route and survey knowledge in either a High Fidelity condition, containing high-resolution photos, or a Low Fidelity condition consisting of gray tones. It was hypothesized that better spatial knowledge will form in the High Fidelity condition than in the Low Fidelity condition, and that spatial ability would positively influence spatial learning. Main results indicate that in the High Fidelity condition, both the time to walk the learning route, and the number of survey knowledge errors made, measured by a route reverse task, increased. Pretest data shows an influence of gender on several test completion times. Males take less time to complete the tests than females. Observations during the experiment suggest that the formed cognitive map is incomplete, with a preferred mental frame of reference. Together, the results indicate that the High Fidelity condition does impact spatial learning in a synthetic environment negatively. It increases both the learning time and the number of errors made. Because it does not seem to aid spatial learning, High Fidelity texture conditions in a synthetic environment may not be necessary for navigational applications
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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