VERTICAL DIMENSION

The Role of the Vertical Dimension in Memory and Navigation

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA 

 Organization address address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Ersilia
Cognome: D'ippolito
Email: send email
Telefono: 390650000000
Fax: 39064957311

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 75˙000 €
 EC contributo 75˙000 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-2010-RG
 Funding Scheme MC-IRG
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-09-01   -   2014-08-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

 Organization address address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Ersilia
Cognome: D'ippolito
Email: send email
Telefono: 390650000000
Fax: 39064957311

IT (ROMA) coordinator 75˙000.00

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environments    landmarks    navigate    hills    extended    spatial    surface    environment    visual    sensory    cues    humans    ability    horizontal    vertical    world    flat    navigation    dimensions    dimension   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'For any animal, including humans, the ability to remember where an important place is and to navigate to it efficiently are vital, as taking a wrong direction can mean finding death instead of finding home. Studies have investigated the cognitive and neurological mechanism governing these abilities, but they have focused mainly on one specific type of environment – flat surfaces extended only in the horizontal dimensions. However, the world is not flat. Every day we navigate in vertical environments, both natural (hills, mountains) and man-made (stairs, stories of a building). Therefore, it is important to understand how humans perceive, memorize and process spatial information in order to find a goal in a three-dimensional world. The vertical dimension adds a unique quality to the environment because it is parallel to the force of gravity. In fact, navigating on a tilted surface requires more effort compared to a flat plane, and this increased energy demand renders the vertical dimension perceptually and cognitively salient. Furthermore, navigation on a vertically extended surface provides a suite of multimodal sensory activations, which differ from locomotion on a horizontal surface, as a consequence of kinesthetic, proprioceptive, vestibular and visual stimuli. Therefore, vertical environments involve a different sensory experience compared to horizontal environments. Volunteer students will be recruited for a series of behavioral studies. The general procedure will consist of a goal-finding paradigm: an object will be hidden in an environment with a vertical component, and participants will have to navigate and find it. Manipulations on the environment (e.g., degree of inclination, availability of landmarks or other cues) will reveal what is the role of the vertical dimension for memory and navigation.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

The ability to reorient, or use landmarks for navigation, is an important skill. An EU-funded study is investigating the role of visual and spatial cues in environments with vertical dimensions such as hills or ramps.

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