Escape virtual mazes to find out what kind of navigator you are!
The test is in virtual reality (VR). It will be most fun with a VR-enabled device (Smartphone, Cardboard, Oculus, etc..), so if you have one, switch devices now!
Typical completion times are 10-15 minutes.
This test works differently on different devices. On a desktop computer, you will be able to navigate mazes with your regular keyboard and mouse. On a phone, you will be able to use your device motion to navigate the maze.
You're about to participate in a research study. Your contribution to our research allows us to learn more about how people navigate three dimensional space.
Please read the following information carefully before proceeding.
Why we are doing this research
We are trying to understand how the ability to navigate through three-dimensional spaces varies with people's background. We are also trying to understand how people use input devices to navigate through virtual environments. Finally, we are trying to assess whether unsupervised settings affect result quality for virtual reality experiments.
What you will have to do
You will navigate through mazes. You will have five trials for each of two mazes. We will also ask you a few basic questions about yourself and your navigation habits.
There are no risks anticipated in taking part in this study and you are free to leave at any time. When using a virtual reality headset, it is recommended to conduct the test in a spacial environment.
We will not ask you for your name. Any data that we collect will be securely stored on our servers.
Approximately 10-15 minutes.
To contact the researcher
If you have questions or concerns about this research, please contact Bernd Huber, Maxwell Dworkin 240, 33 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, email@example.com
Whom to contact about your rights in this research, for questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints that are not being addressed by the researcher, or research-related harm: Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research at Harvard University, Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, 9th Floor, Suite 935, Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone: 617-496-2847 (CUHS). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By clicking the "I agree" button you confirm that you have read and understood the above and agree to take part in this research. Your participation is voluntary and you are free to leave the experiment at any time by simply closing the web browser.
For every row, look at the left-most object. Two of the other four drawings show the same object. Can you find those two? Click on the two identical objects. Remember that for each row, there are two and only two objects that match the target object. What is your best strategy in doing the problems? Because an incorrect choice is subtracted from a correct one, you are better off to check only one of the figures if you can be only sure of one. Of course, you will always try to get both of the figures that match.
How can I interpret this result?
Viewer-centered navigation means you learn routes by remembering the turns you took. In contrast, landmark-centered navigation means you look for landmarks to remember a route. Research has shown that both the maze escape and the mental rotation test tell us about what kind of navigators you are.
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