Isovist analysis captures properties of space relevant for locomotion and experience

Jan M. Wiener, Gerald Franz, Nicole Rossmanith, Andreas Reichelt, Hanspeter A. Mallot, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

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In a series of exploratory experiments we investigated interrelations between structure and shape of architectural indoor spaces on the one hand, and affective experience and navigation behaviour on the other hand. For this, isovist-based descriptions of 16 virtual indoor scenes were correlated with behavioural data from the experimental tasks. For all tasks - two active navigation tasks and an introspective appraisal of experiential qualities - strong correlations between subjects' behaviour and a small set of quantitative measurands derived from the isovists were found. The outcomes suggest that isovist analysis captures behaviourally relevant properties of space and is therefore a promising general means for predicting central experiential qualities of architecture and navigation behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1083
Number of pages18
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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