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Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world navigation performance. / Coutrot, Antoine; Schmidt, Sophie; Coutrot, Lena; Pittman, Jessica; Hong, Lynne; Wiener, Jan; Hölscher, Christoph; Dalton, Ruth; Hornberger, Michael; Spiers, Hugo.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 14, No. 3, e0213272, 18.03.2019.

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Coutrot, A, Schmidt, S, Coutrot, L, Pittman, J, Hong, L, Wiener, J, Hölscher, C, Dalton, R, Hornberger, M & Spiers, H 2019, 'Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world navigation performance', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 3, e0213272. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213272

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Coutrot, A., Schmidt, S., Coutrot, L., Pittman, J., Hong, L., Wiener, J., ... Spiers, H. (2019). Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world navigation performance. PLoS ONE, 14(3), [e0213272]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213272

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Coutrot A, Schmidt S, Coutrot L, Pittman J, Hong L, Wiener J et al. Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world navigation performance. PLoS ONE. 2019 Mar 18;14(3). e0213272. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213272

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Coutrot, Antoine ; Schmidt, Sophie ; Coutrot, Lena ; Pittman, Jessica ; Hong, Lynne ; Wiener, Jan ; Hölscher, Christoph ; Dalton, Ruth ; Hornberger, Michael ; Spiers, Hugo. / Virtual navigation tested on a mobile app is predictive of real-world navigation performance. In: PLoS ONE. 2019 ; Vol. 14, No. 3.

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