The Development of Strategies for Searching and Navigating Through Space

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Experimental Psychology

Abstract

This work addresses the nature of spatial representation and the findings will be presented to the scientific community through conferences and journal publications. The potential findings related to the Williams Syndrome individuals are particularly important because of the practical implications of the condition. This group is supported by a national foundation who have an active web site [http://www.williams-syndrome.org.uk] as well as annual meetings where experts can disseminate information to parents and caregivers. Both collaborators (CJ & AK-S) have spoken at these meetings.

Technical Summary

Spatial representation enables us to navigate our environment to find our way, search for lost items or forage for new ones. In this proposal, we use a recent experimental paradigm to examine the nature of developing spatial representation in typical and atypical children and adults. The findings will be used to test a theoretical model advocating the role of language in human spatial representation. Finally we plan to study navigating in Williams Syndrome individuals who have recognised visuospatial problems related to objects but unresolved abilities in space.

Publications

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Title Foraging Room 
Description An computer-controlled environment that displays and measures responses to an array of visual targets in large space. A new technique to measure foraging and human spatial representation. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2009 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Publications 
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture on brain development & behaviour

Press & media coverage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Edinburgh Science Festival 2007 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture on developing brain

Media and press coverage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007