Spatial Information and Actions

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Abstract

The present study investigates connections between spatial information and actions. Only a few studies on this topic have been published to date. Moreover, changes in spatial representations have not been examined following the connection with actions. Our results show that previously acquired spatial information (i.e., information about locations along a learned route) can be associated with imagined or with symbolically performed actions. However, we have not yet found any evidence that spatial representations are altered by the formation of these associations. We conclude that more sensitive and, perhaps, implicit measures of spatial representations are needed in order to detect the presumed action-dependent changes. Furthermore, the salience of the actions and their connection to the spatial environment should be considered as important variables.