Imaginary Versus Virtual Loci: Evaluating the Memorization Accuracy in a Virtual Memory Palace

Huttner, Jan-Paul
Pfeiffer, David
Robra-Bissantz, Susanne
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The Method of Loci (MOL) is a mnemonic strategy to memorize declarative knowledge. In the late 90s researchers started to experimentally analyze the MOL by providing their participants a virtual world. This digital environment was meant to serve the users as a template for their personal memory palace. Past studies differed in central aspects of their experimental design. One difference is that earlier studies integrated the learning content in multiple and different ways. The design of the learning content is an essential aspect and should make a difference based on cognitive theories. This study analyzes if participants perform better with virtually presented learning content or if the MOL works better when users have to imagine the content. Results encourage future concepts of the virtual MOL to implement the learning content in the environment.
Human-Computer Interaction: Informing Design Utilizing Behavioral, Neurophysiological, and Design Science Methods, Method of Loci, Memory Palace, Virtual Reality, E-Learning, Mnemonics
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