PERCEPTION AND DECISION IN THE PEDESTRIAN TASK

THIS PAPER SETS OUT A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS OF PEDESTRIAN BEHAVIOUR TO PROVIDE A FRAMEWORK FOR EXISTING RESEARCH FINDINGS AND TO INDICATE THE DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH. THE RELEVANCE OF PERCEPTION AND DECISION MAKING TO OTHER PROCESSES IN THE PEDESTRIAN TASK IS INDICATED. THE MOST COMPLEX PART OF THE TASK IS THAT OF ROAD CROSSING, AND THE ANALYSIS CONCENTRATES ON THIS BEHAVIOUR. SIX STAGES IN ROAD CROSSING BEHAVIOUR ARE POSTULATED: LOCATION SELECTION, OBSERVATION, PERCEPTION, JUDGEMENT, DECISION AND FINALLY CROSSING. THE ANALYSIS INDICATES THE VARIABLES WHICH MAY AFFECT EACH STAGE, AND ALSO INDICATES THAT PERCEPTUAL AND DECISION PROCESSES MAY OCCUR MORE THAN ONCE DURING THE SEQUENCE OF BEHAVIOUR. RELEVANT RESEARCH FINDINGS ARE PRESENTED WHICH SHOW AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE TASK OF CROSSING A ROAD. RECENT RESEARCH IN BRITAIN HAS SUGGESTED THAT THE PROBLEM OF PERCEPTION IS MORE IMPORTANT IN RELATION TO ATTENTION IN THE EARLY STAGE OF THE TASK THAN IN RELATION TO DECISION MAKING IN THE LATER STAGE. FURTHER RESEARCH IS PROPOSED AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES ARE SUGGESTED.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Older, S J
    • GRAYSON, G B
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL SR 49UC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM