Human place learning is faster than we thought: evidence from a new procedure in the virtual Morris water maze

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dc.contributor.author Van Gerven, Dustin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T22:17:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-10T22:17:29Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4263
dc.description.abstract Research on the neural and cognitive basis of spatial navigation over the last 30 years has been largely guided by cognitive map theory and many of the studies have used a standardized procedure in a single task, the Morris Water Maze (MWM). Although this theory proposes that acquisition of place knowledge should be very rapid, little evidence has been provided to support this point. The present study investigates the possibility that a new procedure for measuring place knowledge in the MWM will show that place learning is faster than previously shown. In a virtual MWM with a fixed goal location, participants were given pairs of standard learning trials plus new explicit probe trials in which they were directed to go to where they found the goal on the immediately preceding trial. The distance between their estimate and the actual location was measured as “Place Error”. Results indicated that Place Errors were surprisingly small after just one learning trial and were equivalent for females and males. These findings provide new evidence for the fast learning proposed by cognitive map theory and demonstrate the value of this new method for measuring place learning. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Spatial navigation en_US
dc.subject learning and memory en_US
dc.subject Hippocampus en_US
dc.subject virtual Morris water maze en_US
dc.title Human place learning is faster than we thought: evidence from a new procedure in the virtual Morris water maze en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Skelton, Ronald William
dc.degree.department Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science M.Sc. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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