ENVIRONMENTAL ORIENTATION DURING LOCOMOTION. EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF HUMAN PROCESSING OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPATIAL LAYOUT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The following operations have been performed in the course of the project. (a) an inventory, collation and synthesis of existing knowledge mainly dealing with human body orientation, environmental orientation and environmental images (cognitive representation of the environment). (B) development and integration of descriptive models of environmental perception. (C) independent experimental investigations and field studies. (D) consideration of the applicability of this research to the ease of orientation in environments. The theoretical frame of reference presented constitutes an attempt to systematize parts of this existing knowledge so that it can be used as an integrated descriptive model of environmental perception and of changes in that perception over time, both during and in connection with locomotion in the environment. The theoretical frame of reference has also provided the foundation for experiments, most of which have dealt with perception of the spatial layout of the environment during locomotion and acquisition of internal representation of the spatial layout of the environment during locomotion. The results which have been obtained show that information processing demands attention and that it is subject to limitations regarding the amount of information and the amount of information/unit of time that can be processed. An interview concerning exposure to journeys along unfamiliar roads, utilization of orientation and sign-posting information, critical events during journeys, and journeys on familiar roads were carried out. Appended is a study entitled: local signposting for various types of traffic. (TRRL)

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    Swedish Council for Building Research

    St Goergansgatan 66, Box 27063
    S-11230 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • GAERLING, T
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331179
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • ISBN: 91-540-3295-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Document D24:1980 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM