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authors Ohno, Ryuzo and Hata, Tomohiro
year 1993
title The Effect of Spatial Structure on Visual Search Behavior
source Endoscopy as a Tool in Architecture [Proceedings of the 1st European Architectural Endoscopy Association Conference / ISBN 951-722-069-3] Tampere (Finland), 25-28 August 1993, pp. 89-98
summary People’s voluntary movement through an environment is essential for their comprehension of three dimensional space. It may be hypothesized that they move and look around in order to pick up wanted information at the time. This study investigated the following more specific hypotheses by an experiment using a user-controlled space-sequence simulator and the analysis of the subjects’ behavioral data recorded by the simulation system: (1) The strategy of visual search behavior (body movement and viewing direction) is influenced by spatial structure (form and organization). (2) The strategy can be explained by the amount of visual information in the environment, i.e., people move and look in a certain direction in order to maximize effective information at a given moment and position. - If these hypotheses are supported, we can predict people’s behavior in an unfamiliar place on the basis of the spatial structure.

keywords Architectural Endoscopy
series EAEA
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