Date of Award

Winter 4-6-2017



First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Sutton


Spatial activities during childhood and adolescence are believed to play a role in the development of spatial cognitive abilities. The current study investigated the relationship between spatial activities, way-finding strategy preferences, and spatial anxiety in a sample of 89 female undergraduate students from Brescia University College. Participants completed four online questionnaires addressing childhood spatial activities, adolescent spatial activities, spatial anxiety, and way-finding strategy. Individuals who reported more participation in childhood and adolescent activities reported using a cognitive map way-finding strategy, but the amount of participation in spatial activities reported by an individual did not relate to their use of a route way-finding strategy. No relationship was found between spatial anxiety and other factors. The relationship between spatial activities and way-finding strategies suggests that the development of spatial abilities is dependent on experience.