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The effects of hyperlinks on navigation in virtual environments

Ruddle, Roy A., Howes, A., Payne, Stephen J. and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2000. The effects of hyperlinks on navigation in virtual environments. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 53 (4) , pp. 551-581. 10.1006/ijhc.2000.0402

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Hyperlinks introduce discontinuities of movement to 3-D virtualenvironments (VEs). Nine independent attributes of hyperlinks are defined and their likely effects on navigation in VEs are discussed. Four experiments are described in which participants repeatedly navigated VEs that were either conventional (i.e. obeyed the laws of Euclidean space), or contained hyperlinks. Participants learned spatial knowledge slowly in both types of environment, echoing the findings of previous studies that used conventional VEs. The detrimental effects on participants' spatial knowledge of using hyperlinks for movement were reduced when a time-delay was introduced, but participants still developed less accurate knowledge than they did in the conventional VEs. Visual continuity had a greater influence on participants' rate of learning than continuity of movement, and participants were able to exploit hyperlinks that connected together disparate regions of a VE to reduce travel time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: navigation; virtualenvironments; hyperlinks; spatial cognition
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1071-5819
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 03:27

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