Project G: Spatial Behavior

Experimental Analysis of Spatial Behavior in Humans

Bernd Leplow , Maximilian Mehdorn, Lingju Zeng, Doris Höll

University of Kiel , Department of Psychology

Duration: 1996 - 2002


Spatial behavior was investigated using a locomotor maze for humans which incorporates basic featurs of widely used animal paradigms. Experiments are based on the "cognitive map" theory originally put forward by O`Keefe & Nadel (1978) and allowed the assessment of place learning, and spatial working and spatial reference memory errors. In our procedure subjects and patients have to learn and remember five out of twenty locations within a 4 x 5 m area with completely controlled intra- and extramaze cue conditions. Seven experiments are planned on healthy subjects and three on CNS-patients. The goal is to find out the influences of proximal versus distal cues, configuration of stimuli, interference-, stress- and age-effects on the spatial learning and spatial memory.

Approach: empirical investigation
Area of Research: neuropsychology
Topics: cognitive maps; memory; context; perception

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