At NeuroLab we make use of neuroimaging, genetic, behavioral and neuropsychological approaches to investigate the cognitive skills and neural mechanisms underlying the human ability to orient and navigate in the surrounding. We are interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms related to spatial cognition throughout the life span (from early development to the elderly) and in the event of clinical conditions affecting the central nervous system. We have many projects that may interest you. Explore our website to find out more about our research!
------------------------Our most recent manuscript------------------------
FLOOR PLAN CONNECTIVITY INFLUENCES WAYFINDING PERFORMANCE IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS
Slone, E., Burles, F., Robinson, K., Levy. R., Iaria, G. (2014). Environemnt and Behavior (In Press).
The structure of the physical environment can have a significant influence on individuals' ability
to orient within it. We asked participants to perform a cued wayfinding task in two virtual
environments to test the hypothesis that spatial orientation skills are indeed affected by the
physical complexity of the surrounding. The two virtual environments used for testing differed
solely in one objective measure of plan complexity, i.e., the average number of connections at
each decision point or terminal corridor. Our results showed that participants committed more
errors and took longer to reach their destinations in the more interconnected environment.
Performance was more efficient on trials in which participants were able to use previously
learned routes relative to trials in which participants were forced to plan novel routes. These
findings provide strong evidence that people's ability to navigate in unfamiliar surroundings are
affected by the layout complexity of the environment.
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