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Contracted time and expanded space: The impact of circumnavigation on judgements of space and time

Brunec, Iva K., Javadi, Amir-Homayoun, Zisch, Fiona E.L., Spiers, Hugo J. (2017) Contracted time and expanded space: The impact of circumnavigation on judgements of space and time. Cognition, 166 . pp. 425-432. ISSN 0010-0277. (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.004)

Abstract

The ability to estimate distance and time to spatial goals is fundamental for survival. In cases where a region of space must be navigated around to reach a location (circumnavigation), the distance along the path is greater than the straight-line Euclidean distance. To explore how such circumnavigation impacts on estimates of distance and time, we tested participants on their ability to estimate travel time and Euclidean distance to learned destinations in a virtual town. Estimates for approximately linear routes were compared with estimates for routes requiring circumnavigation. For all routes, travel times were significantly underestimated, and Euclidean distances overestimated. For routes requiring circumnavigation, travel time was further underestimated and the Euclidean distance further overestimated. Thus, circumnavigation appears to enhance existing biases in representations of travel time and distance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.004
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Amir-Homayoun Javadi
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 08:34 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62165 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Javadi, Amir-Homayoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0569-6441
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