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Differences in the anxiety levels and spatial abilities of individuals affect route learning from a map. In designing maps that work for various contexts and user groups it is important to understand these differences.
In this paper the authors show that having higher anxiety and lower spatial abilities - specifically mental rotation abilities - negatively affects route learning from a map.
John C. Thoresen, Rebecca Francelet, Arzu Çötekin, Kai-Florian Richter, Sara I. Fabrikant, Carmen Sandi