Accession Number : ADA303456

Title :   Assessment of Configurational Knowledge of Naturally- and Artificially-Acquired Large-Scale Space.

Descriptive Note : Interim technical paper Oct-Dec 93,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Regian, J. W. ; Yadrick, Robert M.

PDF Url : ADA303456

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : We report on two studies designed to explore subjects' performance in learning and assessing knowledge of artificial and real world environments. Experiment (1) established norms for supporting materials used in Experiment (2) Subjects in Experiment 2 learned an artificial (computer based) environment that was either randomly or prototypically configured then performed several tasks intended to assess their configurational knowledge of the environment The results showed that subjects were able to derive configurational knowledge from either random or the prototypical condition. However, configurational knowledge was better in the random condition than in the prototypical condition. We also found that subjects' configurational knowledge was, in general, functionally similar to their knowledge of a real world environment. Assessment, Spatial filtering, Spatial reasoning.

Descriptors :   *PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, *SPACE PERCEPTION, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, ENVIRONMENTS, REASONING, SPATIAL FILTERING, LEARNING.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE