Behavioral and neurological studies in tactile map reading and training by persons who are blind or visually impaired

Show simple item record Lawrence, Megan McNally, 1977- 2011-09-23T21:16:39Z 2011-09-23T21:16:39Z 2011-06
dc.description xiii, 103 p. : ill. (some col.) en_US
dc.description.abstract This research investigates the relationship between map use tasks, spatial abilities and training-based effects in persons who are blind or visually impaired. A mixed-method approach using theories and methods in behavioral geography, tactile cartography and functional magnetic resonance imaging have produced finds that identify both behaviorally-based as well as biologically-based impacts resulting from systematic tactile map use and spatial thinking training. The neurological results indicate that prior to training a dominant egocentric/route strategy is used to answer all experimental map tasks, while after training an allocentric/survey strategy is used. The current study demonstrates that the adoption of an allocentric perspective is coupled with improved behavioral performance. The findings provide supporting evidence that people who are blind are capable of learning and applying sophisticated spatial strategies. The systematic progression from egocentric/route processing to allocentric/survey processing in the participant population follows traditional developmental models of spatial knowledge. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in charge: Amy Lobben, Chairperson; Andrew Marcus, Member; Patrick Bartlein, Member; Michal Young, Outside Member en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Dept. of Geography, Ph. D., 2011;
dc.subject Spatial strategies en_US
dc.subject Map reading en_US
dc.subject Behavioral geography en_US
dc.subject Blind en_US
dc.subject Cognitive science en_US
dc.subject Tactile maps en_US
dc.subject Training en_US
dc.subject Geography en_US
dc.title Behavioral and neurological studies in tactile map reading and training by persons who are blind or visually impaired en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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