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Orientation-dependent spatial memories for scenes viewed on mobile devices

Savvas Avraam; Adamantini Hatzipanayioti; Marios N. Avraamides

We examined whether spatial representations for scenes experienced on the screens of mobile devices are orientation dependent
and whether the type of movement (physical vs. simulated) during learning affects the encoding and the retrieval of
spatial information. Participants studied a spatial layout depicted on a tablet and then carried out perspective-taking trials
in which they localized objects from imagined perspectives. Depending on condition, participants either rotated the tablet
along with their body or remained stationary and swiped with their finger on the screen to change their viewpoint within
the scene. Results showed that participants were faster and more accurate to point to objects from an imagined perspective
that was aligned than misaligned to their initial physical orientation during learning, suggesting that they had formed an
orientation-dependent representation. Although no differences were found between movement conditions during pointing,
participants were faster to encode spatial information with physical than simulated movement.

This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 739578 and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development. This is a pre-print of an article published in Psychological Research. The final authenticated version is available online at © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018
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