Human behaviour in exit choice and way finding

Humans’ navigation and way-finding is a complex problem that is being mediated and moderated by many effects, such as memory; social influence; people’s internal and personal tendencies; and even emotional states.

How people navigate their environment and ‘find their way’ is a complex and highly personal process. It is mediated and moderated by many things including memory, social influence, people’s internal and personal tendencies and even emotional states.

Events in recent decades show that better understanding this behavioural variation could help improve indoor navigation and pedestrian safety in crowded environments.

By researching people’s natural navigational decision-making, we are working to develop reliable forecasting tools that will help authorities plan for safe evacuations.