Cultural background shapes spatial reference frame proclivity

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dc.contributor.authorGoeke, Caspar
dc.contributor.authorKornpetpanee, Suchada
dc.contributor.authorKoester, Moritz
dc.contributor.authorFernandez-Revelles, Andres B.
dc.contributor.authorGramann, Klaus
dc.contributor.authorKoenig, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:23:33Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:23:33Z-
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn20452322
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/14580-
dc.description.abstractSpatial navigation is an essential human skill that is influenced by several factors. The present study investigates how gender, age, and cultural background account for differences in reference frame proclivity and performance in a virtual navigation task. Using an online navigation study, we recorded reaction times, error rates (confusion of turning axis), and reference frame proclivity (egocentric vs. allocentric reference frame) of 1823 participants. Reaction times significantly varied with gender and age, but were only marginally influenced by the cultural background of participants. Error rates were in line with these results and exhibited a significant influence of gender and culture, but not age. Participants' cultural background significantly influenced reference frame selection; the majority of North-Americans preferred an allocentric strategy, while Latin-Americans preferred an egocentric navigation strategy. European and Asian groups were in between these two extremes. Neither the factor of age nor the factor of gender had a direct impact on participants' navigation strategies. The strong effects of cultural background on navigation strategies without the influence of gender or age underlines the importance of socialized spatial cognitive processes and argues for socio-economic analysis in studies investigating human navigation.
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean research grant [ERC2010-AdG 269716 - MULTISENSE]; Cognition and Neuroergonomics/Collaborative Technology Alliance [W911NF-10-2-0022]; Most of all, we would like to thank everyone who helped to promote the online navigation study, in particular Prof. Victor Solis-Maciasa and Prof. Sue Becker for their very effective advertisement. Special thanks to Jessica Schwandt, Jose Ossandon, Aleksey Lytochkin and Susan Wache who helped translate the questionnaire into a variety of languages. This work was funded by the European research grant: ERC2010-AdG #269716 - MULTISENSE, together with the Cognition and Neuroergonomics/Collaborative Technology Alliance #W911NF-10-2-0022.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
dc.relation.ispartofSCIENTIFIC REPORTS
dc.subjectAGE-DIFFERENCES
dc.subjectALLOCENTRIC REFERENCE FRAMES
dc.subjectEYE-MOVEMENTS
dc.subjectGENDER-DIFFERENCES
dc.subjectHUMAN NAVIGATION
dc.subjectINDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
dc.subjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
dc.subjectScience & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subjectSEX-DIFFERENCES
dc.subjectSTRATEGIES
dc.subjectVIRTUAL MAZE
dc.subjectWATER MAZE
dc.titleCultural background shapes spatial reference frame proclivity
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/srep11426
dc.identifier.isiISI:000356504900001
dc.description.volume5
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-0572-0061
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-8089-650X
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0003-3654-5267
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0003-2673-1832
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-9951-7741
dc.contributor.researcheridAAO-3276-2020
dc.contributor.researcheridA-4391-2012
dc.contributor.researcheridAAD-7313-2019
dc.contributor.researcheridABB-2380-2020
dc.publisher.placeMACMILLAN BUILDING, 4 CRINAN ST, LONDON N1 9XW, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationSci Rep
dcterms.oaStatusGreen Published, Green Submitted, gold
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Kognitionswissenschaft-
crisitem.author.deptFB 05 - Biologie/Chemie-
crisitem.author.deptidinstitute28-
crisitem.author.deptidfb05-
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0003-3654-5267-
crisitem.author.parentorgFB 08 - Humanwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.grandparentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidKoPe298-
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