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Influences of context on memory for routes

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Rothkegel,  R
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Schumacher, S., Wender, K., & Rothkegel, R. (2000). Influences of context on memory for routes. In Spatial Cognition II: Integrating Abstract Theories, Empirical Studies, Formal Methods, and Practical Applications (pp. 348-362). Berlin, Germany: Springer.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-E579-D
Abstract
Possible influences of contexts on memory for routes are investigated. Route knowledge was established by learning a route which was presented on a computer screen. Activation of knowledge of items along the route was tested. The main goal was to decide whether the surrounding context in the learning and the test phase has an effect on memory for routes. Beyond general context effects, we looked for a possible indirect or mediated context effect. Such a mediate context effect would occur, when memory improves also in cases where context and the to-be-remembered items are separated by a spatial distance. The results reported here provide evidence for immediate context effects. A mediate context effect is not very strongly supported.