Spatial navigation in a virtual multilevel building: The role of exocentric view in acquiring survey knowledge

Zhiqiang Luo, Henry Been Lirn Duh, I. Ming Chen, Wenshu Luo

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Abstract

The present study aimed to test the function of the exocentric view on the acquisition of survey knowledge during spatial navigation in a virtual multilevel building. Subjects navigated a virtual three-level building in three conditions. In the first condition, subjects navigated the building without any aid. In the second condition, subjects navigated the building with the aid of a three-dimensional (3D) floor map which illustrated the spatial layout on each level from one exocentric perspective. In the third condition, subjects could watch the spatial layout on each level from the exocentric perspective when traveling to another level by an elevator. After navigation, all subjects made the judgment of spatial relative direction. The analyses of the accuracy of spatial judgments showed that the accuracy of judgment of spatial horizontal direction was significantly improved when subjects observed the exocentric views of levels in the last two conditions; the judgment of spatial vertical direction was significantly worse in the 3D floor map condition than in other two conditions. Furthermore, the accuracy of judgment of both spatial horizontal and vertical directions was best in the direction faced by subjects when they first enter each level. The results suggested that the content of exocentric view should be carefully designed to improve the acquisition of survey knowledge. The application of the findings included the design of 3D map for the navigation in the virtual multilevel building.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual and Mixed Reality - Third International Conference, VMR 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings
Pages60-69
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Virtual and Mixed Reality, VMR 2009. Held as Part of HCI International 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 19 Jul 200924 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5622 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Virtual and Mixed Reality, VMR 2009. Held as Part of HCI International 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period19/07/0924/07/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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