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Effects of perspective elevation and environmental geometry on representation of a virtual room space


Luo, Z and Duh, HB-L, Effects of perspective elevation and environmental geometry on representation of a virtual room space, Virtual Reality, 13 pp. 27-35. ISSN 1359-4338 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 Springer-Verlag London Limited

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10055-008-0095-9


The present study investigated how perspective elevation and room geometry influenced mental representation of spatial layout in virtual rooms. One virtual rectangular and one virtual cylindrical room were constructed. Subjects observed the spatial layout on the floor from five perspectives along the vertical dimension of each virtual room. Then they judged the direction of objects with respect to egocentric and canonical coordinates. The analysis of spatial judgment indicated that judgment accuracy of vertical direction decreased as the perspective elevated, while global situation awareness was best maintained at the 45 elevation angle. The effect of perspective elevation on judgment of horizontal direction was only found in the rectangular room. Moreover, subjects judged the relative direction between objects more quickly in the cylindrical room than in the rectangular room. Applications of these findings to virtual environment design were discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:spatial representation, virtual environment, perspective elevation
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
UTAS Author:Duh, HB-L (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:90330
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-31
Last Modified:2015-02-13

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