The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning

Christopher A. Sanchez, Russell Branaghan

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Abstract

This study evaluated how well routes were learned from maps that were either enhanced with actual satellite photography or presented in more traditional (low resolution) form, with no additional detail. The potential interaction between map resolution and participants' static spatial abilities was also considered. Results indicated that learners recalled significantly more route information and made fewer response errors in the low detail condition than in the high detail condition. Additionally, participants' spatial visualization ability significantly correlated with success on these tasks, whereas mental rotation ability did not. These results suggest that while the addition of high resolution information is now technologically possible, it is not necessarily advised for certain situations as it can lead to a detriment in performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Pages1176-1180
Number of pages5
Volume3
StatePublished - 2007
Event51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2007Oct 5 2007

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Other51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD
Period10/1/0710/5/07

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Sanchez, C. A., & Branaghan, R. (2007). The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Vol. 3, pp. 1176-1180)

The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. / Sanchez, Christopher A.; Branaghan, Russell.

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Vol. 3 2007. p. 1176-1180.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sanchez, CA & Branaghan, R 2007, The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. vol. 3, pp. 1176-1180, 51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007, Baltimore, MD, United States, 10/1/07.
Sanchez CA, Branaghan R. The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Vol. 3. 2007. p. 1176-1180
Sanchez, Christopher A. ; Branaghan, Russell. / The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Vol. 3 2007. pp. 1176-1180
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