Visual and proprioceptive representations in spatial memory

Yamamoto, Naohide & Shelton, Amy L. (2005) Visual and proprioceptive representations in spatial memory. Memory and Cognition, 33(1), pp. 140-150.

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It has been shown that spatial information can be acquired from both visual and nonvisual modalities. The present study explored how spatial information from vision and proprioception was represented in memory, investigating orientation dependence of spatial memories acquired through visual and proprioceptive spatial learning. Experiment 1 examined whether visual learning alone and proprioceptive learning alone yielded orientation-dependent spatial memory. Results showed that spatial memories from both types of learning were orientation dependent. Experiment 2 explored how different orientations of the same environment were represented when they were learned visually and proprioceptively. Results showed that both visually and proprioceptively learned orientations were represented in spatial memory, suggesting that participants established two different reference systems based on each type of learning experience and interpreted the environment in terms of these two reference systems. The results provide some initial clues to how different modalities make unique contributions to spatial representations.

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ID Code: 73024
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.3758/BF03195304
ISSN: 1532-5946
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Psychonomic Society, Inc.
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Deposited On: 24 Jun 2014 22:54
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 05:49

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