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Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(3), 167-180; doi:10.3390/bs4030167

Seeing the Axial Line: Evidence from Wayfinding Experiments

Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, 1-14 Woburn Place, WC1H 0NN London, UK
Received: 3 April 2014 / Revised: 29 May 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spatial Cognition and Behaviour)
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Space-geometric measures are proposed to explain the location of fixations during wayfinding. Results from an eye tracking study based on real-world stimuli are analysed; the gaze bias shows that attention is paid to structural elements in the built environment. Three space-geometric measures are used to explain the data: sky area, floor area and longest line of sight. Together with the finding that participants choose the more connected street, a relationship is proposed between the individual cognitive processes that occur during wayfinding, relative street connectivity measured through space syntactic techniques and the spatial geometry of the environment. The paper adopts an egocentric approach to gain a greater understanding on how individuals process the axial map. View Full-Text
Keywords: wayfinding; space syntax; eye tracking; real-world; spatial configuration; spatial geometry wayfinding; space syntax; eye tracking; real-world; spatial configuration; spatial geometry
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Emo, B. Seeing the Axial Line: Evidence from Wayfinding Experiments. Behav. Sci. 2014, 4, 167-180.

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