publication . Article . Preprint . 2010

City rats: From rat behaviour to human spatial cognition in urban environments

David Eilam; Juval Portugali; Osnat Yaski;
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  • Published: 11 Aug 2010 Journal: Nature Precedings (eissn: 1756-0357, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The structure and shape of an urban environment influence our ability to find our way about in the city^1-2^. Indeed, urban designers who face the challenge of planning environments that facilitate wayfinding^3^, have a consequent need to understand the relations between the urban environment and spatial cognition^4^. Previous studies have suggested that certain qualities of city elements, such as a distinct contrast with the background (e.g. The Eiffel Tower in Paris), or a clear morphology (e.g. the grid layout of Manhattan's streets) affect spatial behaviour and cognition^1,5-7^. However, only a few empirical studies h...
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free text keywords: Neuroscience, Cognition, Cartography, Spatial movement, Spatial cognition, Grid, Computer science, Cognitive map, Empirical research, Simulation, Eiffel tower, Urbanism
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