Local Wayfinding Decisions in a Complex Real-World Building

Kristina Jazuk*, Gian Luca Gubler, Panagiotis Mavros, Ruth Conroy Dalton, Christoph Hoelscher

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Unlike most wayfinding experiments focusing on overall task performance, the present study zooms in on local decision-making in complex decision areas within a large-scale multi-level shopping mall. Participants are taken to a decision area, provided with a destination description and asked to navigate towards that destination. They are stopped upon leaving the decision area and taken to the next task location. The spatial complexity of decision areas as well as the entry direction into each area is systematically varied to identify what spatial features influence local decisions. Video recordings, accelerometers and gyroscopes together with thinking aloud are employed to map high-level decisions and low-level movement of head and body onto measures of spatial complexity, including isovist properties. Data collection is currently under way and to be completed in Summer 2020.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Cognition XII
Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Riga, Latvia, August 26–28, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsJurgis Skilters, Nora S. Newcombe, David Uttal
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783030579838
ISBN (Print)9783030579821
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event12th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, SC 2020 - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 26 Aug 202028 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12162 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, SC 2020


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