Impact of Landmarks on Wayfinding

last updated: 15th June, 2017

We are investigating the preferred navigational strategy of young adults and the impact of the presence/absence of different types of landmarks on driving performance while wayfinding. The wayfinding task is set in a virtual town using a driving simulator. It is informative to know how navigational strategies and landmarks affect performance during a cognitively demanding task like driving. Several studies have examined participants’ spatial behaviour in the presence and absence of proximal and distal landmarks. This study uses a new paradigm to examine the impact of presence/absence of different kinds of landmarks on wayfinding ability and preferred navigational strategy of individuals while driving.

 

In the near future, we hope to study how aging affects the preference for distal or proximal landmarks.

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