Title

Enclosure Size and the Use of Local and Global Geometric Cues for Orientation

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Multiple spatial cues are utilized to orient with respect to the environment, but it remains unclear why feature (objects in the environment) and geometric (shape of the environment) cues are differentially influenced by enclosure size and the extent to which local (wall lengths and corner angles) and global (i.e., principal axis of space) geometric cues are influenced by enclosure size. We investigated the extent to which environmental size influenced the use of corner angle (i.e., a local geometric cue) and the principal axis of space (i.e., a global geometric cue) for reorientation. Participants were trained to respond to a location in either a small or large trapezoid-shaped enclosure uniquely specified by both local (i.e., wall lengths and corner angles) and global (i.e., principal axis of space) geometric cues. During testing, we presented both groups with a small and large rectangle (to assess the use of principal axis of space) and a small and large parallelogram (to asses relative use of corner angles and the principal axis of space when in conflict). Enclosure size influenced the relative use of corner angles but not of the principal axis of space.

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

Comparative Cognition Society’s International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CCS)

Location

Melbourne, FL

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