Can multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains?

Korallo, Liliya and Foreman, Nigel and Boyd Davis, Stephen and Moar, Magnus and Coulson, Mark (2012) Can multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains? Computers and Education, 58 (2). pp. 856-862. ISSN 0360-1315

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.10.011

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Abstract

Single linear virtual timelines have been used effectively with undergraduates and primary school children to convey the chronological ordering of historical items, improving on PowerPoint and paper/textual displayas. In the present study, a virtual environment (VE) consisting of three parallel related timelines (world history and the histories of art and psychology) was used to convey both chronology and the cross-referencing and relatedness among the three domains of material. Undergraduate participants were able to use the VE more effectively than booklets, better remembering the chronological ordering of all materials and successfully cross-referencing from one domain to another. The paradigm arguably invokes the use of high capacity spatial memory, and could potentially be used to convey and remember large amounts of historical-chronological information.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Virtual environments; spatial cognition; chronology; multiple timelines; history of art; history of psychology; general history; undergraduates
Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Psychology
School of Science and Technology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Citations on ISI Web of Science:0
ID Code:8213
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Deposited On:14 Nov 2011 06:49
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