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  Signs and Maps: Cognitive Economy in the Use of External Aids for Indoor Navigation

Hölscher, C., Büchner, S., Brösamle, M., Meilinger, T., & Strube, G. (2007). Signs and Maps: Cognitive Economy in the Use of External Aids for Indoor Navigation. In 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2007) (pp. 377-382). Red Hook, NY, USA: Curran.

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Hölscher, C, Author
Büchner, SJ, Author
Brösamle, M, Author
Meilinger, T1, Author              
Strube, G, Author
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 Abstract: Wayfinding in public buildings often proves to be a challenge especially for first time visitors. The experiment investigates the relative effectiveness and efficiency of external aids for navigation in a complex multi-level, multi-building ensemble. A previous experiment provided the performance baseline for the re-design and prototype evaluation of the information system. Navigation aids were tested in three conditions: maps, signs, and the combination of both. With respect of usage a preference for signs over maps was identified. Also, signage had the largest impact on wayfinding performance, while maps alone showed the smallest level of support and the combination provided yet further improvement. Analysis of individual tasks identifies limitations of each type of external aid. A comparative task analyses reveals higher cognitive costs of maps relative to signs. The results are discussed in a framework of cognitive economics and agent nationality, explaining both usage preference performance differences.

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 Dates: 2007-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2007)
Place of Event: Nashville, TN, USA
Start-/End Date: 2007-08-01 - 2007-08-04

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Title: 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2007)
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Publ. Info: Red Hook, NY, USA : Curran
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 377 - 382 Identifier: ISBN: 978-1-605-60507-4