Development of telepresent or virtual navigation requires an understanding of cognitive processes involved in spatial awareness and way-finding. When we have to mentally navigate through another environment without physically working through it, our bodies are missing important vestibular and kinesthetic cues normally involved in the process of way-finding. Point-to-origin task reveals the common errors and strategies used to imagine one’s movement through space. In this project I have explored the role of different modalities of presented trajectories of movement on the cognitive strategies that participants employ.
I have implemented the survey collecting the data online, recruited participants and analyzed the data.
“How important are physical motions for effective spatial orientation in VR?”
Riecke, B. E., Stepanova, E. R. & Kitson, A. New response patterns in point-to-origin tasks depending on stimulus type and response mode in Psychonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting (conference talk) (Granada, Spain, May 2016).