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What happens to one´s mind when finding a way in na unkonown environment? A discussion on the role of cognitive processes in the design of wayfinding systems

Smythe, Kelli CAS; Spinillo, Carla G.;

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss individuals’ cognitive processes in wayfinding systems, focusing on healthcare environments, and highlighting the need of a user/person-centered design approach to such systems. For both were raised in the literature, the characteristics of the process of spatial orientation considering theories of Mental Maps and Practical Domain from the perspective of anthropology, geography and psychology. Later these theories were discussed from the navigation in the hospital and were then presented recommendations for developers of wayfinding systems, related to cognitive aspects. It is hoped that this work can contribute by relating theories of spatial orientation, perception cognition and expanding the understanding of the systems of wayfinding and stressing the need for design approach centered on the person.

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Palavras-chave: Wayfinding, cognição, percepção espacial, Wayfinding,


DOI: 10.5151/designpro-CIDI-25

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Smythe, Kelli CAS; Spinillo, Carla G.; "What happens to one´s mind when finding a way in na unkonown environment? A discussion on the role of cognitive processes in the design of wayfinding systems", p. 276-287 . In: In Coutinho, Solange G.; Moura, Monica; Campello, Silvio Barreto; Cadena, Renata A.; Almeida, Swanne (orgs.). Proceedings of the 6th Information Design International Conference, 5th InfoDesign, 6th CONGIC [= Blucher Design Proceedings, num.2, vol.1]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, ISBN: 978-85-212-0824-2
DOI 10.5151/designpro-CIDI-25

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