Understanding Cognitive Saliency by Using an Online Game

Demet Yesiltepe, Ruth Dalton, Ayse Ozbil Torun, Michael Hornberger, Hugo Spiers

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One of the most common definitions of saliency suggests that there are three categories for landmark saliency, these being visual, structural and cognitive [1]. A large number of studies have focused on the afore-mentioned categories; however, there appear to be fewer studies on cognitive saliency than on the other two types of landmark saliency. Hence, in this study, our goal is to better understand the cognitive saliency of potential landmarks. For this purpose, we used an online virtual game, Sea Hero Quest (SHQ), and asked people to watch videos of the game. In the videos, a boat navigates through a waterway/river environment and finds goal locations one by one. People then were asked to answer questions, which aimed to measure their cognitive saliency. Our results suggest that cognitive saliency is closely related to visual and structural saliency in unfamiliar environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Cognition - 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Cognition 2020: Spatial Cognition XII
EditorsJurgis Skilters, Nora S. Newcombe, David Uttal
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030579821
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12162 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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