Two experiments were performed to assess the effects of intersections on distance cognition in the urban environment. A laboratory study examined estimated traversed distances as a function of the number of intersections along linear pathways. A field study investigated the distance estimates of individuals contacted in a shopping mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, to two points located in opposite directions along a major street adjacent to the mall. Data from the laboratory study revealed a strong positive relationship between the number of intersections along a traversed linear pathway and the estimated length of that path. Significant differences in estimated distance as a function of the number of intersections were also observed in the results of the field study. The findings are discussed in relation to information processing/storage and pathway segmentation models. (Author/TRRL)

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    Sage Publications Limited

    28 Banner Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Sadalla, E K
    • STAPLIN, L J
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 167-182
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  • Accession Number: 00329712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM