Description of Research Report: Haptic Exploration and Mental Estimation of Distances on a Fictitious Island: From Mind’s Eye to Mind’s Hand
This study replicated Kosslyn, Ball, and Reiser’s (1978) well-known experiment of a fictitious island that was specifically designed to demonstrate that visual images preserve metric information used in the resolution of spatial tasks. The participants had to memorize a visual map of an island and then mentally scan the distances between the objects on the island. Kosslyn et al. took the high correlations found between linear distances and mental estimates of distances as evidence to support their hypothesis.