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The Effect of Instructions on Landmark, Route, and Directional Memory for Active vs. Passive Learners of a Virtual Reality Environment Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
scene recognition
implicit/explicit
navigation
JRDs
active/passive
spatial cognition
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Parnes, Michael
Supervisor and department
Friedman, Alinda (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Spetch, Marcia (Psychology)
Bulitko, Vadim (Computing Science)
Spalding, Tom (Psychology)
Mou, Weimin (Psychology)
Friedman, Alinda (Psychology)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-06-28T15:58:33Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In two experiments, subjects either freely walked around a virtual building or watched a recording made made by a matched (free walk) subject. Subjects then performed several tasks: judgment of relative direction, scene recognition and navigation back to the start. The aim was to evaluate the the relative sensitivity of these measures, and to compare learning in active and passive learners under implicit (Experiment 1) and explicit (Experiment 2) learning instructions. Results demonstrated an advantage for active learners in the navigation back to start task and no difference in the judgment of relative direction task under both implicit and explicit conditions. In the recognition task, performance was above chance levels for all factorial cells. A gender moderated trend for an advantage for active learners was found only in implicit learning.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R32C9P
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