Are we there yet? Exploring distance perception in urban environments with mobile EEG

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, The Bartlett, University College London, 2015



This paper explores the use of mobile EEG (electroencephalography) in the study of environmental perception and the ways the perception of physical measurements of a space may affect individual walking behaviour. The hypothesis of this study is that obtrusive and complex street environments stretch the perception of walking time and distance. So far, the factor of an individual’s affective state has not been taken into account in perceiving space. We propose the use of mobile EEG, a technology that permits such insights, to augment the traditional arsenal of questionnaires and self-­reported measures of experience and mental representations of space.


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