Wayfinding & Cognitive Ageing

Efficient spatial navigation not only requires accurate spatial knowledge but also the selection of appropriate strategies. In this project we use behavioural and eye-tracking paradigms to investigate the effect of cognitive ageing and dementia on navigation and wayfinding. Specifically, we are interested in how different navigation strategies such as ego- and allocentric strategies, the switching between navigation strategies, and fundamental spatial processes such as perspective taking are effected by cognitive ageing.

 

Recent publications:

Wiener, J.M., de Condappa, O., Harris, M.A. & Wolbers, T. (accepted). Maladaptive bias for extrahippocampal navigation strategies in aging humans. Journal of Neuroscience

Wiener, J.M., Kmecova, H. & de Condappa, O., (2012). Route repetition and route retracing: Effects of cognitive aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4(7)

Harris, M.A., Wiener, J.M. & Wolbers, T. (2012). Aging specifically impairs switching to an allocentric navigational strategy. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4(20).

 

 

Research assistant positions and fully funded PhD scholarship in Wayfinding and Dementia now available! Click HERE for more information.

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