From objects to landmarks: the function of visual location information in spatial navigation

Chan, Edgar, Baumann, Oliver, Bellgrove, Mark and Mattingley, Jason (2012) From objects to landmarks: the function of visual location information in spatial navigation. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 AUG: 304.1-304.11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00304

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Author Chan, Edgar
Baumann, Oliver
Bellgrove, Mark
Mattingley, Jason
Title From objects to landmarks: the function of visual location information in spatial navigation
Journal name Frontiers in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1664-1078
Publication date 2012-08-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00304
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Issue AUG
Start page 304.1
End page 304.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Landmarks play an important role in guiding navigational behavior. A host of studies in the last 15 years has demonstrated that environmental objects can act as landmarks for navigation in different ways. In this review, we propose a parsimonious four-part taxonomy for conceptualizing object location information during navigation. We begin by outlining object properties that appear to be important for a landmark to attain salience. We then systematically examine the different functions of objects as navigational landmarks based on previous behavioral and neuroanatomical findings in rodents and humans. Evidence is presented showing that single environmental objects can function as navigational beacons, or act as associative or orientation cues. In addition, we argue that extended surfaces or boundaries can act as landmarks by providing a frame of reference for encoding spatial information. The present review provides a concise taxonomy of the use of visual objects as landmarks in navigation and should serve as a useful reference for future research into landmark-based spatial navigation.
Keyword Landmarks
Navigation
Spatial memory
Parahippocampal gyrus
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