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Bicycle Messengers: A Study of Mental Representations of the Environment and Experience

Fernandes, Andrea (2020) Bicycle Messengers: A Study of Mental Representations of the Environment and Experience. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study aim to evaluate the effect of experience gained from navigation-dependent careers on spatial memory performance of bicycle messengers (N = 21), regular cyclists (N = 20) and non-cyclists (N = 32), females (N = X) and Males (N = X). Also, analyse the predictive value of time spent as a bicycle messenger in spatial navigation performance of this group. Participants were recruited with convenience and snowball sampling technique and categorized into the different groups based on their self-report of bicycle usage. Their spatial memory was assessed with the Corsi Block test and three covariates were considered in the investigation: Spatial Ability (measured with the Mental Rotation Task), Cycling Frequency and the age of the participants. No significant mean differences were found between the three groups after controlling for the effect of the covariates. Although the time spent as a bicycle messenger and performance in spatial memory showed a strong and positive relationship, the months spent as bicycle messenger did not have a significant predictive value on the variance of spatial memory scores in those individuals. The present study acknowledges that navigation ability is a complex term and continued efforts are needed to understand factors that influence people’s navigation performance.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 14:06
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 14:06
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4822

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