Effects of Basic Path Properties on Human Path Integration

Xiaoang Wan, Ranxiao Frances Wang, James A. Crowell

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We investigated how path integration performance can be influenced by five basic path properties in a Virtual Reality Cube. Participants performed path-completion tasks in hallway paths with up to 12 segments. Distance information was visual, whereas turning angles were specified through vision and body senses. The ridge regression analyses suggested that path integration was affected by the number of segments, overall path length/turning angles, and the correct homing distance. Moreover, an un-correlation paradigm showed that path completion performance might be affected by participants' expectations for the correct homing distance of different paths. Implications on models of path integration were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-101
Number of pages23
JournalSpatial Cognition and Computation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • path integration
  • path properties
  • spatial updating
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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