Stress Supports Spatial Knowledge Acquisition during Wayfinding with Mobile Maps

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Wayfindingindividual differencesspatial learningemotionsNavigation Systems
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We detail a novel empirical approach with in-situ psycho-physiological measurements to assess how stress influences spatial knowledge acquisition, mobile map use, and wayfinding success when performing a navigation task in an unknown urban environment. We recorded pedestrians’ navigation trajectories, mobile map interactions, eye movements, and galvanic skin responses in the field, with varying stress conditions. Our results clearly indicate that stress supports navigators in forming good survey knowledge, possibly due to enhanced engagement. This seems to emerge from their goal-oriented interaction with the mobile map. Our study results thus contradict earlier findings, and contribute on the one hand to the on- going debate whether using mobile navigation systems are harmful for humans’ capacity to acquire environmental knowledge during navigation, and on the other hand highlight the important influence of people’s individual spatial abilities and emotional states on their knowledge acquisition.
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University of Zurich
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