Allocentric and egocentric updating of spatial memories


Such a trace is egocentric and transient and has both a spatial and a temporal aspect.

It provides a rich input that will allow different species to learn a different enduring representation of its environment, each tailored to their own needs for survival.

Notably, egocentric-survey map sketchers reported the highest scores on this new scale among three groups of map sketchers, supporting the proposal that they were highly involved in egocentric spatial processing during route learning.

In both testing environments, participants pointed more efficiently from imagined perspectives aligned with either the initial learning perspective or their current facing orientation than from a novel imagined perspective; this indicates that they had updated the encoded spatial relations during the physical rotation and treated remote objects as immediate.

This research was carried out by the first author at NUS from 2011 to 2013.

The study examined whether people update remote spatial locations in unfamiliar environments during physical movement.

We propose that autonoetic consciousness could be linked to an individual's attribution from a fluency in processing egocentric-updating spatial information (i.e., monitoring of position, orientation and movement of one's body in relation with spatial elements) during retrieval.

We will present two type of evidence in favour of this hypothesis.

Differences in performance among perspectives were less pronounced for verbal labeling in both environments, suggesting that this response mode is more flexibly used from imagined perspectives.

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