Spatial Memory of Immediate Environments

AbstractMemorizing and retrieving information about the spatial layout of one's surrounding is of crucial importance for humans. We propose a new theory of spatial memory of immediate environments and develop a corresponding computational realization. We detail how the theory explains key findings on human spatial memory (use) and show that the computational realization accounts well for human behavior from three pertinent experiments. One implication of the theory's success is that enduring spatial memory representations may best be conceptualized as flexible combinations of representation structures and reference frames.

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