The final stage of this project is to develop training methods designed to help people to learn to successfully find their way around a familiar or a novel environment. The training is designed for people with learning difficulties, but also more generally for anybody who finds navigation difficult. The training will take place in virtual environments. This is because it is safer than using real environments , and previous research has shown that learning in a virtual environment transfers to successful performance in the real world.
Our team is currently designing the first training study. We are interested in the effects of verbalising the route during the learning phase. Our main question is: does verbalising during learning improve people’s ability to remember a route?
The training methods will be used with typically developing children and people with learning difficulties .