Individual and Strategy Differences in an Allocentric-Heading Recall Task


Participants estimated allocentric headings using pictures of familiar buildings around a college campus, in an allocentric-heading recall task. A weak relationship between sense-of-direction and accuracy, an alignment effect, and a novel relationship between strategy and accuracy were found. These results demonstrate that sense-of-direction and strategy use differentially affect accuracy across heading disparities. Our findings suggest that individual differences and strategy differences need to be incorporated into current hypotheses regarding allocentric-heading – specifically, into the animal-model hypothesis.

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