Getting lost in buildings

Carlson, Laura, Hoelscher, Christoph, Shipley, Thomas and Dalton, Ruth (2010) Getting lost in buildings. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19 (5). 284 - 289. ISSN 0963-7214

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Abstract

People often get lost in buildings, including but not limited to libraries, hospitals, conference centers, and shopping malls. There are at least three contributing factors: the spatial structure of the building, the cognitive maps that users construct as they navigate, and the strategies and spatial abilities of the building users. The goal of this article is to discuss recent research on each of these factors and to argue for an integrative framework that encompasses these factors and their intersections, focusing on the correspondence between the building and the cognitive map, the completeness of the cognitive map as a function of the strategies and individual abilities of the users, the compatibility between the building and the strategies and individual abilities of the users, and complexity that emerges from the intersection of all three factors. We end with an illustrative analysis in which we apply this integrative framework to difficulty in way-finding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: navigation, architecture, cognitive maps, strategies, spatial abilities
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 13:21
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 14:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3867

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