Learning from maps: the role of visuo-spatial working memory
Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 217–233, March 2008
How to Cite
Coluccia, E. (2008), Learning from maps: the role of visuo-spatial working memory. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 22: 217–233. doi: 10.1002/acp.1357
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
The involvement of visuo-spatial working memory (VSWM) in map learning was tested. While learning a map, participants were asked either to perform or abstain from a secondary interference task. Learning of the map was assessed by means of three different tasks (landmark positioning, pointing, route finding), each tapping a different type of spatial knowledge, namely, relative position knowledge, absolute position knowledge and route knowledge. Results showed that VSWM supports learning of absolute landmark positions but not learning of relative landmark positions. Moreover, VSWM appears to be involved in route learning. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.