How is it Used? Understanding GPS Use and its Relation to Spatial Ability
Reliable GPS technology is a relatively new advancement to the daily consumer - however, the research studying the impact using GPS has on spatial cognition is relatively limited. The present study investigates the specific ways GPS can be used in various navigational scenarios and their relations to spatial ability, and if people will further modulate their general usage of GPS across scenario familiarity. The study finds general differences in the relations between how people specifically use GPS (e.g., for time and traffic estimates vs. turn-by-turn directions) and spatial ability, and that all people (regardless of perceived sense of direction) will use GPS less as navigation scenario familiarity increases.