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Crossing boundaries: global reorientation following transfer from the inside to the outside of an arena

Buckley, Matthew G.; Holden, Luke J.; Spicer, Stuart G.; Smith, Alastair D.; Haselgrove, Mark

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Authors

Matthew G. Buckley

Luke J. Holden

Stuart G. Spicer

Alastair D. Smith

MARK HASELGROVE mark.haselgrove@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Experimental Psychology



Abstract

In two spatial navigation experiments, human participants were asked to find a hidden goal (a Wi-Fi signal) that was located in one of the right-angled corners of a kite-shaped (Experiment 1) or a cross-shaped (Experiment 2) virtual environment. Goal location was defined solely with respect to the geometry of the environment. Following this training, in a test conducted in extinction, participants were placed onto the outside of the same environments and asked to locate the Wi-Fi signal. The results of both experiments revealed that participants spent more time searching in regions on the outside of the environments that were closest to where the Wi-Fi signal was located during training. These results are difficult to explain in terms of analyses of spatial navigation and re-orientation that emphasize the role of local representational encoding or view matching. Instead, we suggest that these results are better understood in terms of a global representation of the shape of the environment.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2019
Journal Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition
Print ISSN 2329-8456
Electronic ISSN 2329-8464
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 322-337
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/xan0000206
Keywords spatial learning, geometric module, associative learning, navigation, environmental boundary
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1566792
Publisher URL https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2019-25507-001.html

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