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Intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory
Mou, WM; McNamara, TP; Timothy P. McNamara
2002
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION
ISSN0278-7393
SubtypeArticle
Volume28Issue:1Pages:162-170
AbstractThree experiments investigated the frames of reference used in memory to represent the spatial structure of the environment. Participants learned the locations of objects in a room according to an intrinsic axis of the configuration; the axis was different from or the same as their viewing perspective. Judgments of relative direction using memory were most accurate for imagined headings parallel to the intrinsic axis, even when it differed from the viewing perspective, and there was no cost to learning the layout according to a nonegocentric axis. When the shape of the layout was bilaterally symmetric relative to the intrinsic axis of learning, novel headings orthogonal to that axis were retrieved more accurately than were other novel headings. These results indicate that spatial memories are defined with respect to intrinsic frames of reference, which are selected on the basis of egocentric experience and environmental cues.; Three experiments investigated the frames of reference used in memory to represent the spatial structure of the environment. Participants learned the locations of objects in a room according to an intrinsic axis of the configuration; the axis was different from or the same as their viewing perspective. Judgments of relative direction using memory were most accurate for imagined headings parallel to the intrinsic axis, even when it differed from the viewing perspective, and there was no cost to learning the layout according to a nonegocentric axis. When the shape of the layout was bilaterally symmetric relative to the intrinsic axis of learning, novel headings orthogonal to that axis were retrieved more accurately than were other novel headings. These results indicate that spatial memories are defined with respect to intrinsic frames of reference, which are selected on the basis of egocentric experience and environmental cues.
Subject Area认知心理学
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000173309500013
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5495
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Corresponding AuthorTimothy P. McNamara
Affiliation1.Vanderbilt Univ, Dept Psychol, Nashville, TN 37203 USA
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China
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Mou, WM,McNamara, TP,Timothy P. McNamara. Intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory[J]. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION,2002,28(1):162-170.
APA Mou, WM,McNamara, TP,&Timothy P. McNamara.(2002).Intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory.JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION,28(1),162-170.
MLA Mou, WM,et al."Intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory".JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION 28.1(2002):162-170.
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