A method for studying representation of action and cognitive distance

Bugmann, Davi Vann and Coventry, Kenny (2004) A method for studying representation of action and cognitive distance. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ, pp. 1381-1386.

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Past studies examining the effects of action on memory for route distance have overlooked the problem of the control of visual information. A new methodology was developed to investigate the involvement of action on the representation of route distance information in two experiments which eliminated the possible confounding effects of visual cues. In both experiments the number of turns was manipulated. Blindfolded participants learned new environments through verbal descriptions by imagining themselves walking in synchronization with metronome beats preset to match their natural walking speed. During turns, they were carefully moved. Following instructions, they performed an action at mid-route. Upon reaching the destination, their memories for the newly learned environments were tested through recall and measured again (with metronome beats representing footsteps). In Experiment 1 participants were exposed to the environment only once, and in Experiment 2 they were exposed to the environment twice. The results were consistent across the experiments and showed the influence of number of turns on remembered distances. Our data support the segmentation hypothesis with regard to the perception of the segment length and the influence of the number of turns on path distance estimates. However, our data point to a more parsimonious explanation in terms of body movement that triggers attentional processes which signal memory for events.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 23:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58801

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