Collaborative Navigation in an Unfamiliar Environment with People Having Different Spatial Aptitudes

Gengen He, Toru Ishikawa, Makoto Takemiya

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This study addressed the issue of collaborative navigation by examining the types of information communicated in the processes of direction giving and receiving between people who guided each other simultaneously to a destination over the cell phone in a novel environment. When paired with a partner whose sense of direction differed greatly from their own, people found the collaboration difficult and took a longer time to verbally direct the partner to the destination. Landmarks that people used in giving navigational instructions differed depending on sense of direction. People with a good sense of direction adjusted route directions to their partners' wayfinding ability. Results from a detailed qualitative analysis of participants' verbal protocols and implications for personalized navigation tools are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-307
Number of pages23
JournalSpatial Cognition and Computation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • collaboration
  • landmarks
  • navigational instructions
  • route directions
  • sense of direction
  • wayfinding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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