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Wayfinding behaviour in Down syndrome: A study with virtual environments

Courbois, Yannick, Farran, Emily K., Lemahieu, Axelle, Blades, Mark, Mengue-Topio, Hursula and Sockeel, Pascal (2013) Wayfinding behaviour in Down syndrome: A study with virtual environments RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, 34 (5). pp. 1825-1831.

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The aim of this study was to assess wayfinding abilities in individuals with Down syndrome (DS). The ability to learn routes though a virtual environment (VE) and to make a novel shortcut between two locations was assessed in individuals with DS (N = 10) and control participants individually matched on mental age (MA) or chronological age (CA). The results showed that most of the participants with DS were able to learn routes through the VE, even though they needed more trials than the CA controls to reach the learning criterion. However, they did not show flexible wayfinding behaviour because they were unable to find a shortcut between two known locations (unlike the CA controls). The results suggest that most individuals with DS can acquire knowledge about specific routes, but are unable to integrate that knowledge into a configurational understanding of the environment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Courbois, Yannick
Farran, Emily
Lemahieu, Axelle
Blades, Mark
Mengue-Topio, Hursula
Sockeel, Pascal
Date : 1 May 2013
Funders : Fondation Jérôme Lejeune (France), ANR-ESRC Research Program
DOI : 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.02.023
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Education, Special, Rehabilitation, Education & Educational Research, Down syndrome, Spatial orientation, Wayfinding, Virtual environment, SHORT-TERM-MEMORY, WORKING-MEMORY, CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, COGNITION, ADULTS, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, PERSPECTIVE, PERFORMANCE, LANGUAGE
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2019 09:45
Last Modified : 27 Jun 2019 09:45

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