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Spatial Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer from Virtual to Natural Environments for Dismounted Land Navigation

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Spatial Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer from Virtual to Natural Environments for Dismounted Land Navigation

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    Simon R. Goerger
This is a NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA report procured by the Pentagon and made available for public release. It has been reproduced in the best form available to the Pentagon. It is not spiral-bound, but rather assembled with Velobinding in a soft, white linen cover. The Storming Media report number is A245553. The abstract provided by the Pentagon follows: Navigation and terrain familiarity are critical for mission success in the military. Virtual environments (VEs) have often been suggested as a useful tool in addressing these issues. This thesis research addresses the utility of VEs to improve spatial knowledge of and navigation performance through natural terrain compared to traditional methods. In this experiment, fifteen subjects were assigned to one of three training conditions. The map group studied the environment using only an orienteering map. The real world group studied the environment using the map and explored the actual terrain. The VE group studied the terrain using both the map and a real-time VE. Measures were taken of both route and configuration knowledge. The results suggest four conclusions. First, training conditions have no statistically significant effect on an individual's ability to obtain and demonstrate spatial knowledge of a natural environment Second, spatial ability plays a significant role in navigation performance. Third, exposure to the actual terrain or to a virtual representation of the terrain seems to eliminate ambiguities in an individual's mental map by providing dynamic imagery to clarify propositional knowledge gained from maps. However, this factor has not been shown to improve performance by the measures used here. Fourth, a high resolution 1:5,000 orienteering map provides extensive detail and consequently, navigation performance in this experiment is not likely to be indicative of performance using a conventional 1:24,000 map.   show more
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  • PDF | 311 pages
  • Simon R. Goerger
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