Spatial location and pathway memory compared in the reaching vs. walking domains

L. Piccardi, F. Bianchini, R. Nori, A. Marano, F. Iachini, L. Lasala, C. Guariglia

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Abstract

Spatial information processing is influenced by the space in which an individual acts and the nature of the stimulus. This distinction is also present in spatial memory, where stimuli are processed differently because of their nature and the space in which they are released. The aim of the present study was to compare college students' performance on spatial location and pathway memory tasks in two different domains (reaching and walking). Reaching space refers to the portion of space within "grasping distance" and walking space to that beyond arm's reach. Research results indicate that it is easier to remember a pathway in the walking than the reaching domain and to remember single spatial locations in the reaching domain. Women are more able to perform the task in the walking domain than the reaching domain and men perform equally well in both domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-230
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume566
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 2014

Keywords

  • Corsi Test
  • Human navigation
  • Spatial cognition
  • Spatial orientation
  • Visuo-spatial memory
  • Walking Corsi Test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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