Social wayfinding in complex environments

Iva Barisic, Tyler Thrash, Victor R. Schinazi, Christoph Hoelscher

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Wayfinders in a group can be influenced by various factors, including other group members and environmental
structure, but social wayfinding is an underexplored topic. This experiment investigated differences in wayfinding decisions
between individuals and groups and their dependence on environmental structure. Participants navigated through a train station
with or without market stalls, either as individuals or as groups. There was a significant main effect of environmental structure
on task efficiency, and an inconclusive interaction between environmental structure and group membership on task efficiency
(p=0.05). Because of heterogeneity of variance, we conducted targeted t-tests. T-tests revealed that groups were slower than
individuals with market stalls (p=0.02) but not without (p=0.91). There was significant main effect of the environmental
structure on number of turns. The main effect of group membership on number of turns and the interaction were not significant.
We will analyze walked and Levenstein distance as wayfinding efficiency indicators.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventCogSci 2017- 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 201729 Jul 2017
Conference number: 39th


ConferenceCogSci 2017- 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogSci
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


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