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Platial Cognition – An Immersive Technology Perspective

Authors: Alexander Klippel*, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Environmental Perception, Earth Science, Behavioral Geography
Keywords: immersive technologies; place; cognition
Session Type: Paper
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Place is one of the most central themes in geographical sciences and addressed by scholars in all subfields. Place is where geographic thought happens and the value of being present at a particular location on earth to contextualize and experience it in a meaningful way is one of the most essential experiences aspiring geographers can make. With the advent of mainstream immersive technologies, we are tasked to rethink how access to place can be realized without physical presence and what this means for the relation of geography and place. This talk will only provide a glimpse of potential answers to these questions and will particularly focus on aspects of place that are open to empirical investigations. We are presenting data that details how immersive experiences can be integrated into place-based education as proxy for actual experiences or as a preparation potential field site visit. We will discuss the importance of combining applied research questions with basic science and provide examples of challenges that immersive experiences face such as unsolved locomotion issues and opportunities such as the access to a place at different scales.

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