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Spatial navigation in a virtual multilevel building: The role of exocentric view in acquiring survey knowledge

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Luo, Z and Duh, HBL and Chen, I-M and Luo, W, Spatial navigation in a virtual multilevel building: The role of exocentric view in acquiring survey knowledge, Proceedings of Third International Conference, VMR 2009, 19-24 July 2009, San Diego, USA, pp. 60-69. ISBN 978-3-642-02770-3 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2009 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-02771-0_7

Abstract

The present study aimed to test the function of the exocentric view on the acquisition of survey knowledge during spatial navigation in a virtual multilevel building. Subjects navigated a virtual three-level building in three conditions. In the first condition, subjects navigated the building without any aid. In the second condition, subjects navigated the building with the aid of a three-dimensional (3D) floor map which illustrated the spatial layout on each level from one exocentric perspective. In the third condition, subjects could watch the spatial layout on each level from the exocentric perspective when traveling to another level by an elevator. After navigation, all subjects made the judgment of spatial relative direction. The analyses of the accuracy of spatial judgments showed that the accuracy of judgment of spatial horizontal direction was significantly improved when subjects observed the exocentric views of levels in the last two conditions; the judgment of spatial vertical direction was significantly worse in the 3D floor map condition than in other two conditions. Furthermore, the accuracy of judgment of both spatial horizontal and vertical directions was best in the direction faced by subjects when they first enter each level. The results suggested that the content of exocentric view should be carefully designed to improve the acquisition of survey knowledge. The application of the findings included the design of 3D map for the navigation in the virtual multilevel building.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Navigation, virtual reality, perception, survey knowledge, human factors
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Computer-Human Interaction
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Computer Software and Services
Objective Field:Application Tools and System Utilities
Author:Duh, HBL (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:90316
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Computing and Information Systems
Deposited On:2014-03-31
Last Modified:2015-02-12
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