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Use of Smartphones as Navigation Aids and its Effects on Acquisition of Spatial Knowledge

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Ubiquitous Mapping

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The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of cognitive maps envisaged by people who use smartphones to access rail-route planning information or web-based maps. The study consisted of two experiments. In Experiment 1, the accuracy of cognitive maps of Tokyo envisaged by university students was compared with the accuracy of those envisaged by older adults. Experiment 2 compared the accuracy of students’ cognitive maps at different cartographic scales. The results revealed that students exhibited inaccurate spatial knowledge at a cartographic scale that encompasses Tokyo’s rail network because of their reliance on smartphones to access geospatial information.

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This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP17H00839. Part of the data used in Experiment 1 in this study were collected by Kaoruko Toda, in her graduate thesis.

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Shingaki, N. (2022). Use of Smartphones as Navigation Aids and its Effects on Acquisition of Spatial Knowledge. In: Wakabayashi, Y., Morita, T. (eds) Ubiquitous Mapping. Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences. Springer, Singapore.

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