|Budget Amount *help
¥3,770,000 (Direct Cost: ¥2,900,000、Indirect Cost: ¥870,000)
Fiscal Year 2016: ¥1,560,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,200,000、Indirect Cost: ¥360,000)
Fiscal Year 2015: ¥2,210,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,700,000、Indirect Cost: ¥510,000)
|Outline of Final Research Achievements
Our society has become increasingly spatially enabled, where geospatial technologies and georeferenced data infrastructures allow us to access a vast amount and variety of information whenever we need it, at any place, at any time. Such a spatially enabled society, however, poses potential problems for our cognition and behavior in the environment. In particular, some concerns have been raised about geospatial awareness in the age of satellite navigation. Although these concerns are legitimate, they await empirical examination--existing studies examined short-term or momentary effects of the use of navigation systems, but not long-term effects. Thus, this research examined the relationship between accumulated experience of using different types of navigation tools and spatial learning in a large-scale space, through a correlational study of spatial aptitudes and use of navigation tools and a behavioral experiment of wayfinding and spatial orientation with different navigation tools.