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For efficient navigational search, humans require full physical movement but not a rich visual scene

Ruddle, R.A. and Lessels, S. (2006) For efficient navigational search, humans require full physical movement but not a rich visual scene. Psychological Science, 17 (6). pp. 460-465. ISSN 1467-9280

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Abstract

During navigation, humans combine visual information from their surroundings with body-based information from the translational and rotational components of movement. Theories of navigation focus on the role of visual and rotational body-based information, even though experimental evidence shows they are not sufficient for complex spatial tasks. To investigate the contribution of all three sources of information, we asked participants to search a computer generated “virtual” room for targets. Participants were provided with either only visual information, or visual supplemented with body-based information for all movement (walk group) or rotational movement (rotate group). The walk group performed the task with near-perfect efficiency, irrespective of whether a rich or impoverished visual scene was provided. The visual-only and rotate groups were significantly less efficient, and frequently searched parts of the room at least twice. This suggests full physical movement plays a critical role in navigational search, but only moderate visual detail is required.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2006 American Psychological Society. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Psychological Science. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Yasmin Aziz
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2008 15:44
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01728.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01728.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4958

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