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 publication51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages1176-1180
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781605600376
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2007Oct 5 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Sanchez, C. A., & Branaghan, R. (2007). The interaction of map resolution and spatial abilities on route learning. In 51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2007 (pp. 1176-1180). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 3). Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/154193120705101826