—This research identified the preferred way-finding strategy in underground space, and investigated the influence of environmental and personal factors on strategy choice. In overall, results shown that the direction strategy was preferred by navigators over other strategies. For the effects of environmental factors, the visual access was regarded as the most valuable factor in supporting way-finding. Moreover, we found that those navigators who relying on visual access had more possibility to employ direction strategy. For the effects of individual factors, it has been found that the people with keen direction sense tend to employ direction strategies. In addition, males were more likely to use central-point strategy comparing with females. Hopefully, these findings may provide some implications of the way-finding behavior and spatial knowledge learning pattern in underground space.
—Wayfinding strategy, underground space, environment characteristic, individual difference.
The authors are with Institute of Technology, Harbin, China (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Zhangshanshan@hit.edu.cn).
Cite: Zhou Tianfu, Zhang Shanshan, and Bai Xiaopeng, "Way-Finding Strategies in Underground Space," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 51-55, 2017.