Processing spatial relations: the role of instructions on the priming of egocentric and allocentric spatial representations

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dc.contributor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly
dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor.advisor Merrill, Edward C.
dc.contributor.author Himmelberger, Zachary Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:38:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:38:22Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002157
dc.identifier.other Himmelberger_alatus_0004M_12538
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2529
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Humans process their visual environment using two distinct frames of reference. An egocentric frame of reference is defined in terms of the spatial relation between the observer and an object. This is contrasted to an allocentric frame of reference, which is defined in terms of the spatial relations between different objects and is independent of the observer. Maljkovic & Nakayama (1996) and Ball et al. (2009; 2010) present contrasting views on the significance of each form of processing during visual search tasks. The current study seeks to better understand this incongruity in terms of the task instructions. A visual search task was used to demonstrate priming under four conditions (egocentric, allocentric, combined, control) using two different instructions (absolute and relative). Across both instruction conditions, individuals responded faster to the combined priming condition. In the absolute instruction condition, individuals demonstrated larger facilitation effects in the egocentric priming condition than the allocentric priming condition, while individuals demonstrated larger facilitation effects in the allocentric condition when in the relative instruction condition. These results were discussed in terms of how individuals allocate attentional resources when processing spatial relations.
dc.format.extent 41 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.subject.other Cognitive psychology
dc.title Processing spatial relations: the role of instructions on the priming of egocentric and allocentric spatial representations
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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