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Influences on the First-Perspective Alignment Effect from Text Route Descriptions

Wilson, Paul N.; Wildbur, Diane J.; Wilson, Paul


Paul N. Wilson

Diane J. Wildbur

Paul Wilson


Four experiments investigated the more efficient recall of routes learned from text descriptions when the imagined orientation at test was in alignment with the first experienced perspective. Experiments 1 and 2 replicated the effect, but found little evidence for the influence of an external frame of reference provided either by describing a salient landmark external to the route, or by employing cardinal directions in the descriptions. In Experiment 3, the first-perspective alignment (FPA) effect was relatively unaffected by elaboration of spatial information or more experience of reading the text. Experiment 4 found attenuation of the FPA effect when participants made active spatial judgements from imagined key locations while learning. The results are discussed in relation to theories of spatial reference frames and the influence of location salience.


Wildbur, D. J., & Wilson, P. (2008). Influences on the First-Perspective Alignment Effect from Text Route Descriptions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(5), 763-783.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 13, 2007
Online Publication Date May 1, 2008
Publication Date May 1, 2008
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Quarterly Journal Of Experimental Psychology
Print ISSN 1747-0218
Electronic ISSN 1747-0226
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 5
Pages 763-783
Keywords Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Physiology (medical); Physiology; General Psychology; Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology; General Medicine
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