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Way-Finding and Signposting: Penance or Prosthesis?

Canter, David V. (1996) Way-Finding and Signposting: Penance or Prosthesis? In: Psychology in Action. Dartmouth Benchmark Series . Dartmouth Publishing Company, Hantshire, UK, pp. 139-158. ISBN 1855213656

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    A 70 year old woman up from the country spent three days trying to get out of a
    hypermarket in Utrecht. She told police who rescued her she was afraid to ask
    other shoppers how to get out (Glasgow Herald, April 1979).
    All form of public information and direction finding systems, whether they are
    maps, signposts, guides, display boards or whatever, exist within the context of the
    human use of the built or natural environment. The use and purpose of these
    communication systems is therefore of interest to people, from a variety of
    disciplines, who also have a concern for the human use of the physical
    environment, human geographers, architects, planners and environmental
    psychologists. Furthermore, in order to understand fully the psychological
    significance of signposting and the like, and thus be able to produce systems which
    can be more effectively utilised, it is necessary to understand the relevance of the
    normal use of the physical surroundings. This chapter summarises some of the
    research into the ways people navigate within, and make sense of, their physical
    surroundings, of such relevance to the creation and study of public information and
    direction-finding systems.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 10:19
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 14:15


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