Reduction of map information regulates visual attention without affecting route recognition performance

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1170696260
VIAF
267552248
ORCID
0000-0002-5284-2002
Affiliation
Geography Department, Cartography, Ruhr University Bochum
Keil, Julian;
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1153373181
Affiliation
Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University
Mocnik, Franz-Benjamin;
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1036740374
VIAF
287088479
ORCID
0000-0002-2260-9103
Affiliation
Geography Department, Cartography, Ruhr University Bochum
Edler, Dennis;
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121574547
VIAF
5791533
ORCID
0000-0002-9012-9419
Affiliation
Geography Department, Cartography, Ruhr University Bochum
Dickmann, Frank;
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132985772
VIAF
5791533
Affiliation
Methodology and Evaluation, International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
Kuchinke, Lars

Map-based navigation is a diverse task that stands in contradiction to the goal of completeness of web mapping services. As each navigation task is different, it also requires and can dispense with different map information to support effective and efficient wayfinding. Task-oriented reduction of the elements displayed in a map may therefore support navigation. In order to investigate effects of map reduction on route recognition and visual attention towards specific map elements, we created maps in which areas offside an inserted route were displayed as transparent. In a route memory experiment, where participants had to memorize routes and match them to routes displayed in following stimuli, these maps were compared to unmodified maps. Eye movement analyses revealed that in the reduced maps, areas offside the route were fixated less often. Route recognition performance was not affected by the map reduction. Our results indicate that task-oriented map reduction may direct visual attention towards relevant map elements at no cost for route recognition.

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