Can multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains?

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Korallo, L., Foreman, N., Boyd Davis, S., Moar, M. and Coulson, M. 2012. Can multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains? Computers and Education. 58 (2), pp. 856-862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.10.011
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TitleCan multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains?
AuthorsKorallo, L., Foreman, N., Boyd Davis, S., Moar, M. and Coulson, M.
Abstract

Single linear virtual timelines have been used effectively with undergraduates and primary school children to convey the chronological ordering of historical items, improving on PowerPoint and paper/textual displayas. In the present study, a virtual environment (VE) consisting of three parallel related timelines (world history and the histories of art and psychology) was used to convey both chronology and the cross-referencing and relatedness among the three domains of material.
Undergraduate participants were able to use the VE more effectively than booklets, better remembering the chronological ordering of all materials and successfully cross-referencing from one domain to another. The paradigm arguably invokes the use of high capacity spatial memory, and could potentially be used to convey and remember large amounts of historical-chronological information.

KeywordsVirtual environments; spatial cognition; chronology; multiple timelines; history of art; history of psychology; general history; undergraduates
Research GroupApplied Health Psychology group
Forensic Psychology Research group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalComputers and Education
ISSN0360-1315
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PrintFeb 2012
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Deposited14 Nov 2011
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.10.011
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