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Geo-EEG: Towards the Use of EEG in the Study of Urban Behaviour

Mavros, P; Austwick, MZ; Smith, AH; (2016) Geo-EEG: Towards the Use of EEG in the Study of Urban Behaviour. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy , 9 (2) pp. 191-212. 10.1007/s12061-015-9181-z. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, we present how mobile electroencephalography, or mobile EEG, is becoming a relevant tool of urban studies, including among others, spatial cognition, architecture, urban design and planning. Mobile EEG is a research methodology that requires tightly controlled experiments and complicated analytical tools, but it is increasingly used beyond the clinical and research context to monitor brain function and cognition in real world. It is used to unravel our understanding of the neural processes that enable spatial perception and cognition, while is also applied to the study of psychological transactions between people and the environment, for example to gauge the effects of urban or natural environments on the emotional state of pedestrians. In the near future, mobile EEG could be integrated in the research on cities as a tool to understand the cognitive foundations of urban movement, assess the psychological impact of environments on individuals, or target interventions to improve the quality of the urban environment. In this paper we review relevant research with mobile EEG, as well as the background and methodological issues arising in such projects.

Type: Article
Title: Geo-EEG: Towards the Use of EEG in the Study of Urban Behaviour
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12061-015-9181-z
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12061-015-9181-z
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2015. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Urban behaviour Pedestrian EEG Navigation Affect Environmental psychophysiology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476797
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