Human wayfinding

  • Reginald G. Golledge
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 77)


While much attention has been paid to examining spatial movements as behavioral traces that are measured by distances, directions, and volumes of movement—as in migration and mobility research—less attention has focused on the cognitive and behavioral components of the wayfinding act. This lack is addressed in this chapter. Wayfinding processes, such as path integration or dead reckoning, landmark navigation or piloting, spatial search, and spatial updating and layout recognition are emphasized. In other words, wayfinding processes rather than the spatial manifestations of wayfinding acts are emphasized. A role for Applied Geography is suggested in terms of designing and testing technologies to help wayfinding decision-making and creating Smart Environments that tie to Intelligent Transport Systems and to the Location Based Services Industries.


Global Position System Travel Behavior Intelligent Transportation System Dead Reckoning Intelligent Transport System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reginald G. Golledge
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and Research Unit on Spatial Cognition and ChoiceUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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