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Spatial learning and wayfinding in an immersive environment: the digital fulldome

Hedge, Craig ORCID:, Weaver, Ruth and Schnall, Simone 2017. Spatial learning and wayfinding in an immersive environment: the digital fulldome. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 20 (5) , pp. 327-333. 10.1089/cyber.2016.0399

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Previous work has examined whether immersive technologies can benefit learning in virtual environments, but the potential benefits of technology in this context are confounded by individual differences such as spatial ability. We assessed spatial knowledge acquisition in male and female participants using a technology not previously examined empirically: the digital fulldome. Our primary aim was to examine whether performance on a test of survey knowledge was better in a fulldome (N = 28, 12 males) relative to a large, flat screen display (N = 27, 13 males). Regression analysis showed that, compared to a flat screen display, males showed higher levels of performance on a test of survey knowledge after learning in the fulldome, but no benefit occurred for females. Furthermore, performance correlated with spatial visualization ability in male participants, but not in female participants. Thus, the digital fulldome is a potentially useful learning aid, capable of accommodating multiple users, but individual differences and use of strategy need to be considered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Fulldome; Immersive Virtual Environment; Virtual Reality; Immersion; Spatial Learning; Wayfinding
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN: 2152-2723
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 22 March 2017
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 23:14

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