Searching imagined environments

Nancy Franklin, Barbara Tversky
1990 Journal of experimental psychology. General  
Subjects read narratives describing directions of objects around a standing or reclimng observer, who was periodically reoriented. RTs were measured to identify which object was currently located beyond the observer's head, feet, front, back, fight, and left. When the observer was standing, head/feet RTs were fastest, followed by front/back and then right/left. For the reclining observer, front/back RTs were fastest, followed by head/feet and then right/left. The data support the spatial
more » ... the spatial framework model, according to which space is conceptualized in terms of three axes whose accessibility depends on body asymmetries and the relation of the body to the world. The data allow rejection of the equiavailability model, according to which RTs to all directions are equal, and the mental transformation model, according to which RTs increase with angular disparity from front.
doi:10.1037/0096-3445.119.1.63 fatcat:k3plfwnpuvffdc2fe6x4yl3f6u