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Department of Geography

The effect of anxiety and spatial abilities in route learning from maps

Differences in the anxiety levels and spatial abilities of individuals affect route learning from a map. In designing maps that work for various contexts and user groups it is important to understand these differences.

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In this paper the authors show that having higher anxiety and lower spatial abilities - specifically mental rotation abilities - negatively affects route learning from a map.

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John C. Thoresen, Rebecca Francelet, Arzu Çötekin, Kai-Florian Richter, Sara I. Fabrikant, Carmen Sandi