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PS27A-05-234

The role of visuo-spatial working memory capacity on the processing of spatial descriptions

[Speaker] Oto, Hironori:1
1:Hiroshima International University (Japan)

This study investigated the role of visual and spatial components of working memory on the processing of spatial descriptions. Participants listened to descriptions of movement through city-like environments. The movement through the environment was described from a perspective on the ground (route) or bird-eye view from above (survey). Participants were then asked to recall landmark located at each corner they turned at, as well as the direction in which they turned. Individuals' capacity of visual and spatial components was then evaluated. The results indicated that the processing of route descriptions relied on spatial components to recall both landmarks and turning directions. Contrarily, the processing of survey descriptions called upon visual components only to recall the turning directions. These findings suggest that the processing of route and survey descriptions is supported by distinctly different components of working memory.
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