Human shortcut performance in a computer-simulated maze: a comparative study

Stanton, Danae, Wilson, Paul N. and Foreman, Nigel (2003) Human shortcut performance in a computer-simulated maze: a comparative study. Spatial Cognition & Computation: an interdisciplinary Journal., 3 (4) . pp. 315-329. ISSN 1387-5868 [Article] (doi:10.1207/s15427633scc0304_4)


Participants explored a real-time, computer-simulated, three-dimensional environment modelled on a kite-shaped maze used to study the shortcut ability of hamsters by Chapuis, Durup, and Thinus-Blanc (1987). They were then asked to take the shortest routes between selected locations. The results were similar to those of Chapuis et al., showing that in humans also, exploration of two parallel outer paths that connected four target locations (e.g., A-B, and C-D) was not sufficient to support later shortcut performance between locations A and D; successful shortcut performance required exploratory experience of a connecting path between the explored sub-spaces (B-C). These results add to the evidence suggesting similarities in the spatial knowledge acquired by humans and animals, and suggest a limitation on an analysis of spatial location learning based only on exposure to configurations of landmarks.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 3087
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2009 07:38
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:15

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