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Questions tagged [spatial-cognition]

For questions about reasoning with, estimating, navigating or otherwise using spatial information, and the effect of spatial information on behavior.

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Can the human brain track an accelerating object? [closed]

Can the human brain track an accelerating object? By track I mean change your focus in real-time such that the accelerating object appears in focus. Is the answer 'no' because accelerating objects ...
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Measuring improvement in 3D tasks

I have been teaching 3D design for a while, and i have noticed that a small group has decidedly hard time coping with rotation of the virtual camera. Unfortunately designing in 3D on a screen requires ...
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Negative correlation between AQ score and EFT score

E-S theory explains the social and communication issues seen in autism and Asperger syndrome in connection, on the one hand, to delays and deficits in empathizing . The strengths in assimilating ...
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Mental rotation test in a virtual environment

Parsons et al. (2004) found that the widely reported sex difference in performance in the pen-and-paper mental rotation test could not be reproduced in a virtual environment: The visuospatial ...
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Are spatial memory and mental mapping skills the same?

I have a colleague that says they are totally different, that spatial memory is a memory and not a skill while mental mapping is a skill because it can be measured with test and tools. Based on what ...
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Link between visual-spatial + verbal working memory and intelligence/academic achievement?

What is the link between someone's visual and spatial working memory, their verbal working memory, and different types of cognitive abilities or tasks? More specifically, intelligence tests (WAIS, ...
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Why do western people's orientation/navigation differ from non-western cultures?

We show western orientated people the picture above: A line which represents a trip from A to B. Then we ask them to turn 90 degrees to the right and look at the image below: Most people who think ...
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What are some explanations for the relationship between social and spatial mapping?

Background: A study published last summer in the journal Neuron found that when participants were tasked with finding a new home and job by interacting with characters in a virtual roleplaying game, ...
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What causes the spokes of a Wagon Wheel to “move”(rotate) in the opposite direction of the Wagon Wheel itself?

Is it my mind's eye that is the problem or is this a "artifact" of the film? I would think it was my mind's eye as the medium of film is purely analog and not a digital representation that exists to ...
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Searching for literature on cognition of flyover animations

I'm rewriting a journal article on flyover animations: the virtual camera moves in a 3D map environment (e.g. a flyover of the Grand Canyon showing off the topography). The paper describes our user ...
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Comparative functional neuroanatomy: humans & octopodes

Cephalopod brains are toroidal (high surface area to volume ratios!), with the esophagus passing through the, uh, donut hole; octopodes are very intelligent, particularly spatially. Where can I find ...
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Do action video games have an effect on spatial skills?

I've just watched a TED talk by Daphne Bavelier, who seems to be a major researcher on plasticity and video games. In it she presents results from a controlled lab study in which participants needed ...