Spatial memory training in a citizen science context

Eduardo Palermo, Jeffrey Laut, Oded Nov, Paolo Cappa, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

Memory deficit is one of the primary effects of intellectual disability, and has a great impact on daily life. Here, we propose a novel spatial memory training system based on a citizen science virtual environment, in which users navigate an aquatic robot in a polluted canal and identify specific objects from images acquired by the robot. A portable low-cost electroencephalography device is utilized to enhance the degree of interactivity and enable real-time estimation of the affective state of the user. We involved a cohort of 60 healthy adult subjects to evaluate users' interest, memory performance, and affective variables as a function of navigation modality (active versus passive) and interface (a traditional computer mouse versus the headset). Despite offering a higher level of difficulty, the headset was preferred over a traditional mouse control by the users, whose spatial memory performance did not vary with the navigation modality or the interface. Active navigation was found to lead to a higher level of engagement, as measured by the headset. These findings suggest the possibility of a new, effective, and entertaining form of intellectual rehabilitation with potential impact on fetal alcohol syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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Learning
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Data storage equipment
Navigation
Memory Disorders
Intellectual Disability
Electroencephalography
Healthy Volunteers
Rehabilitation
Robots
Costs and Cost Analysis
Equipment and Supplies
Canals
Patient rehabilitation
Virtual reality
Interfaces (computer)
Alcohols
Spatial Memory
Costs
Modality

Keywords

  • Affective state evaluation
  • Citizen science
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Spatial memory training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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Spatial memory training in a citizen science context. / Palermo, Eduardo; Laut, Jeffrey; Nov, Oded; Cappa, Paolo; Porfiri, Maurizio.

In: Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 73, 01.08.2017, p. 38-46.

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Palermo, Eduardo ; Laut, Jeffrey ; Nov, Oded ; Cappa, Paolo ; Porfiri, Maurizio. / Spatial memory training in a citizen science context. In: Computers in Human Behavior. 2017 ; Vol. 73. pp. 38-46.
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