The Distortion of Road Distance Perception by the Pattern of Object Distribution

Seo, Kyung Wook (2014) The Distortion of Road Distance Perception by the Pattern of Object Distribution. KIEAE Journal, 14 (4). pp. 91-96. ISSN 2288-968X

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The behavior of walking involves our action of seeing things. It is the intention of this research that the cognitive process of perceiving things along the path can affect the way we sense the length of the journey. The theory generally accepted in this line of thought is the ‘feature accumulation theory’. It assumes that if the journey includes many objects or memorable features, then our memory recalls that journey much farther than it really was. This study set up a real-life experiment by asking university students about their mental memory of the two different routes in the campus. One is a longer path that has not much to look at except trees and the other a shorter path yet with many buildings, sign boards and street furnitures. The subjects processed their mental image in the brain based on their experience. They showed a strong tendency that the path with more features were remembered longer while that with less features shorter. More interestingly, it was found that as their experience increases, they become more accurate about the exact length of the questioned paths. The result corroborates the theory that human perception of space is based on the topological understanding of surroundings rather than geometric understanding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Built Environment, Spatial Perception, Distance Estimation
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 09:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:30

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