2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

The Influence of Cues and Beacons on Route Memory

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Obaiy Fahmy, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

The present study explored how memory for maps and routes was influenced by the presence or absence of beacons and cues (i.e., providing portions of the route information). Participants were asked to study four different maps--some with beacons (streets and visual landmarks) and some without (just streets). At test, they were either given blank maps (no cues or beacons), maps with only beacons, maps with some route cues, or maps with both beacons and some route cues. Preliminary results indicated that the presence of route cues enhanced memory the most, but that the presence of beacons was preferable to no beacons.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 3:45 PM

Panel

Mind your Eyes and Cues

Panel Moderator

Linda Horwitz

Field of Study for Presentation

Neuroscience, Psychology

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The Influence of Cues and Beacons on Route Memory

Meyer Auditorium

The present study explored how memory for maps and routes was influenced by the presence or absence of beacons and cues (i.e., providing portions of the route information). Participants were asked to study four different maps--some with beacons (streets and visual landmarks) and some without (just streets). At test, they were either given blank maps (no cues or beacons), maps with only beacons, maps with some route cues, or maps with both beacons and some route cues. Preliminary results indicated that the presence of route cues enhanced memory the most, but that the presence of beacons was preferable to no beacons.