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Navigating large-scale ‘‘desk-top’’ virtual buildings: effects of orientation aids and familiarity

Ruddle, R.A., Payne, S.J. and Jones, D.M. (1998) Navigating large-scale ‘‘desk-top’’ virtual buildings: effects of orientation aids and familiarity. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 7 (2). pp. 179-192. ISSN 1054-7460


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Two experiments investigated components of participants’ spatial knowledge when they navigated large-scale ‘‘virtual buildings’’ using ‘‘desk-top’’ (i.e., nonimmersive) virtual environments (VEs). Experiment 1 showed that participants could estimate directions with reasonable accuracy when they traveled along paths that contained one or two turns (changes of direction), but participants’ estimates were significantly less accurate when the paths contained three turns. In Experiment 2 participants repeatedly navigated two more complex virtual buildings, one with and the other without a compass. The accuracy of participants’ route-finding and their direction and relative straight-line distance estimates improved with experience, but there were no significant differences between the two compass conditions. However, participants did develop significantly more accurate spatial knowledge as they became more familiar with navigating VEs in general.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 10:07
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 12:55
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/105474698565668
Status: Published
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1162/105474698565668
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5424

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