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The Influence of Visual Cues and Human Spatial Ability on Intra-vehicular Orientation Performance

  • Junpeng Guo
  • Guohua JiangEmail author
  • Yuqing Liu
  • Yu Tian
  • Bohe Zhou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9736)

Abstract

Astronauts often experience disorientation when floating inside their spacecraft due to the lack of gravity. Previous research showed that the intra-vehicular orientation performance correlated with human spatial ability, but paid less attention to the visual cues in the environment. In this study, an experiment was conducted to explore the role of visual cues on spatial orientation performance inside a virtual space station module. Results implicated that visual cues might help in three-dimensional space orientation, but its effect varied between different spatial ability groups. People with low spatial ability might depend more on visual cues for orientation whereas people with high spatial ability could be independent of visual cues in spatial orientation. This finding reveals the effect of visual cues for orientation inside the spacecraft and provides useful guide for prefight orientation training.

Keywords

Spatial orientation Virtual reality Visual cues Spatial ability Weightlessness 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the National Defense Basic Research Program of China (No. B1720132001). Author Junpeng Guo, Yuqing Liu and Bohe Zhou were supported by the foundation of National Key Laboratory of Human Factors Engineering (No. SYFD140051807).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junpeng Guo
    • 1
  • Guohua Jiang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuqing Liu
    • 1
  • Yu Tian
    • 1
  • Bohe Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Human Factors EngineeringChina Astronaut Research and Training CenterBeijingChina

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