A Comparison of Map Learning Methods; Map Study, Simulated Travel and Mixed.
Final rept. 15 Sep 81-14 Mar 83,
BEN-GURION UNIV OF THE NEGEV BEERSHEBA (ISRAEL) DEPT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
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Two main methods of studying spatial networks were compared travel in the network, using a computer simulation, and study of a map of the network. Subjects were tested on their ability to demonstrate efficient routes between points on the network, using the same computer simulation. Study times, efficiency of the routes and time characteristics of the performance were recorded. Findings include latency before beginning a simulated travel increases with the origin-goal distance in map condition, but not in travel condition. In travel, latencies are shorted, but study times longer than with the map method. Variants of the basic methods were also studied. It was concluded that variations in the study methods affect study time and performance characteristics. Innovative study methods may produce significant improvement in the performance, especially if care is taken to match study method, spatial task required, and individual characteristics.
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