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Real and virtual environments have comparable spatial memory distortions after scale and geometric transformations

Zisch, Fiona E; Coutrot, Antoine; Newton, Coco; Murcia-López, Maria; Motala, Anisa; Greaves, Jacob; de Cothi, William; ... Spiers, Hugo J; + view all (2024) Real and virtual environments have comparable spatial memory distortions after scale and geometric transformations. Spatial Cognition & Computation 10.1080/13875868.2024.2303016. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Boundaries define space, impacting spatial memory and neural representations. Unlike rodents, impact in humans is often tested using desktop virtual-reality (VR). This lacks self-motion cues, diminishing path-integration input. We replicated a desktop-VR study testing boundary impact on spatial memory for object locations using a physical, desktop-VR, and head-mounted-display-VR environment. Performance was measured by comparing participant responses to seven spatial distribution models using geometric or walking-path metrics. A weighted-linear combination of geometric models and a “place-cell-firing” model performed best, with identical fits across environments. Spatial representation appears differentially influenced by different boundary changes, but similarly across virtual and physical environments.

Type: Article
Title: Real and virtual environments have comparable spatial memory distortions after scale and geometric transformations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13875868.2024.2303016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13875868.2024.2303016
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors 2023. Original content in this paper is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Virtual reality, cognitive maps, navigation
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10187459
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