Neurological Correlates of Cognitive Navigational Self-location

Authors: P. William Limpisathian*, University of Oregon, Amy Lobben, University of Oregon
Topics: Behavioral Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Self-location, perspective taking, spatial cognition, navigation, behavioral geography, neurogeography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Geographers have long known that spatial information is special. Humans interpret and process spatial information in a distinct manner that is fundamentally different from other forms of visual media. Accordingly, brain activation patterns associated with navigational map reading is similarly special. In fact, brain patterns associated with navigational map reading have been a topic of keen interest for neurogeography in understanding how we process, visualize, plan, and negotiate our everyday spaces and places. This study uses test instruments sourced from a previous experiment on self-location which served as a good indicator of navigational map reading performance. In our prior experiment, these established test instruments were shown to rigorously exhibit high validity – representing the extent to which our test instruments accurately measured the complex real-world activity of navigational map reading – and subsequently forecast real-world reliability. The utilization of these tested instruments will allow us to expand upon previous findings and further examine the activation patterns associated with the complex nature of real-world navigation. This presentation will, thus, discuss the analytical results from our neuroimaging fMRI study and potential findings.

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