The Effect of Multiple Perspectives Information on the Characteristics of Human’s Spatial Cognition in the Human-Human Interaction of Spatial Cognition Tasks

  • Xianliang Mu
  • Lifen Tan
  • Yu Tian
  • Chunhui WangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9736)


Spatial cognition is an important branch of cognition science. The behavior in the spatial cognition interactions between people was studied in our research. And the results will contribute to the design of robot’s cognitive system that similar to those of human which will make the robot much more intelligent to aids in human-robot cooperative work. We have designed several experimental scenes with different degree of ambiguity. In different scenes, the assistants will communicate with a commander through language and gesture on a single perspective or double perspectives. Based on these experiment, we can master the feature of human’s spatial language expression and the rule of choosing spatial reference frame in the human-human interaction of spatial cognition tasks. The following three results are summed up. (1) The assistants are inclined to use the “egocentric” and “exocentric” frames of reference. (2) The frequency of choosing reference frames increases with the improvement of scene ambiguity. (3) Compared with single perspective, the assistants need much less number of reference frames on the double perspectives.


Spatial cognition Cooperative work Spatial reference frame Perspective-taking 



This study was supported by the Experimental Technique Youth Fund Project (No. SYFD1400618) and the Foundation of National Key Laboratory of Human Factors Engineering (No. SYFD140051802). Author Xianliang Mu, Lifen Tan, Yu Tian, Chunhui Wang were supported by the foundation of National Key Laboratory of Human Factors Engineering (No. HF2013-Z-B-02, NO.HF2011Z-Z-B-02). In addition, the authors would like to thank anonymous reviewers for their comments about the research and suggestions for improving this paper.


  1. 1.
    Levelt, W.J.M.: Some perceptual limitations on talking about space. Limits in perception: essays in honour of Maarten A. Bounman, pp. 323–358 (1984)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Carson-Radvansky, L.A., Radvansky, G.A.: The influence of functional relations on spatial term selection. Psychol. Sci. 7, 56–60 (1996)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Carson-Radvansky, L.A., Logan, G.D.: The influence of functional relations on spatial template construction. J. Mem. Lang. 37, 411–437 (1997)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Goldin-Meadow, S.: When gestures and words speak differently. Curr. Dir. Psychol. Sci. 6, 138–143 (1997)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    McNeill, D.: Hand and Mind: What Gestures Reveal About Thought. University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1992)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Mintz, F.E., Trafton, J.G., Marsh, E., Perzanowski, D.: Choosing frames of reference: perspective-taking in a 2-D and 3-D navigational task. Hum. Factors Ergon. Soc. Meet. 48, 1933–1937 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xianliang Mu
    • 1
  • Lifen Tan
    • 1
  • Yu Tian
    • 1
  • Chunhui Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Human Factors EngineeringChina Astronaut Research and Training CenterBeijingChina

Personalised recommendations