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What is Wayfinding

Handbook of Research on Geoinformatics
The ability to navigate within an environment or from one location to another.
Published in Chapter:
Cognitive Maps
Stephen Hirtle (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-995-3.ch008
Cognitive maps are the representations that individuals use to understand, process, and navigate environments. The term cognitive map should not be taken as a literal metaphor as the internal representation will often violate principles of two-dimensional geometry, will rarely be either continuous or complete, and will often include non-spatial attributes, such as sights, sounds, or even aesthetic qualities, of a location. Research on cognitive mapping as made important contributions to both theory and application of geoinformatics by demonstrating how spatial information is acquired, structured, accessed, and schematized by the human information processing system. Theories of cognitive mapping have been expanded by through new frameworks, such as naïve geography, synergetic inter-representation networks, and geocognostics. Together, this body of research has provided a framework for the development of the next generation of user-centered geographic information systems.
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Virtual Reality for Fire Safety Engineering
The process of using spatial and environmental information to navigate to a destination. Wayfinding can include physical elements such as urban design, architecture, landmarks, lighting, footpaths, landscaping, and signage. These elements work together to define paths and identify key decision points, while aiming to improve and enhance people’s experiences as they move from place to place.
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A Navigational Aid for Blind Pedestrians Designed with User- and Activity-Centered Approaches
In contrast to locomotion, way finding is the goal-directed and planned movement of one’s body around an environment in an efficient way. Way finding requires a place goal, a destination we wish to reach. This destination is not in the local surrounds. Way finding is coordinated distally, beyond the local surrounds directly accessible to our sensory and motor systems at a given moment. Memory traces of the surroundings, internally or externally stored in artifacts such as maps, play a critical role in way finding. When we way find, we solve behavioral problems involving explicit planning and decision-making, problems such as choosing routes to take, moving toward distal landmarks, creating shortcuts, and scheduling trips and trip sequences.
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Internet Consumer Behavior: Web Atmospherics
physical maneuvering of a store’s environment (i.e., social, visual and design factors)
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Evacuation Plan in the Case of an Earthquake for a Peruvian Urban Slum
It is a signaling system, which, in addition to having implemented signs and posters, also contains different information artifacts (such as maps, plans or directories), with the aim of guiding people more easily to their respective destinations.
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A Transfer Learning Approach for Smart Home Application Based on Evolutionary Algorithms
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The Almost Perfect Tourist Map
Addresses the psychomotor skills associated with displacement which is expressed in the ability to mentally represent a place. Orientation in an unfamiliar and complex physical environment is given through the use of signs and maps to help people navigate toward their destination.
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Corporeal Architecture: A Methodology to Teach Interior Design and Architecture With a Focus on Embodiment
Concept from neurosciences that refers to the capacity of a body (human or animal) to orient while navigating an environment.
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The Image of Historic Urban Landscapes: Representation Codes
The orientation that allows to move into a place, distinguishing and naming its parts.
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Cognitively Ergonomic Route Directions
The cognitive conceptual activity of planning and finding ones way.
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Addressing the New Pragmatic Methods in Urban Design Discipline
A strategy, approach, quantitative analytical method, and methodology to explore the spatial system and the configuration of the layout of the built environment, as well as it examines the effects of this configuration on the organization of the functions of the situation and the relations with the entire system.
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