Effects of geometry, landmarks and orientation strategies in the 'drop-off' orientation task

David Peebles, Clare Davies, Rodrigo Mora

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Previous work is reviewed and an experiment described to examine the spatial and strategic cognitive factors impacting on human orientation in the 'drop-off' static orientation scenario, where a person is matching a scene to a map to establish directional correspondence. The relative roles of salient landmarks and scene content and geometry, including space syntax isovist measures, are explored both in terms of general effects, individual differences between participant strategies, and the apparent cognitive processes involved. In general people tend to be distracted by salient 3D landmarks even when they know these will not be detectable on the map, but benefit from a salient 2D landmark whose geometry is present in both images. However, cluster analysis demonstrated clear variations in strategy and in the relative roles of the geometry and content of the scene. Results are discussed in the context of improving future geographic information content.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Information Theory - 8th International Conference, COSIT 2007, Proceedings
EditorsStephan Winter, Matt Duckham, Lars Kulik, Ben Kuipers
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event8th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 Sep 200723 Sep 2007
Conference number: 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4736 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory
Abbreviated titleCOSIT 2007


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