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A new method of random environmental walking for assessing behavioral preferences for different lighting applications

Patching, Geoffrey LU ; Rahm, Johan LU ; Jansson, Märit LU and Johansson, Maria LU (2017) In Frontiers in Psychology 8(345).
Abstract
Accurate assessment of people’s preferences for different outdoor lighting applications is increasingly considered important in the development of new urban environments. Here a new method of random environmental walking is proposed to complement current methods of assessing urban lighting applications, such as self-report questionnaires. The procedure involves participants repeatedly walking between different lighting applications by random selection of a lighting application and preferred choice or by random selection of a lighting application alone. In this manner, participants are exposed to all lighting applications of interest more than once and participants’ preferences for the different lighting applications are reflected in the... (More)
Accurate assessment of people’s preferences for different outdoor lighting applications is increasingly considered important in the development of new urban environments. Here a new method of random environmental walking is proposed to complement current methods of assessing urban lighting applications, such as self-report questionnaires. The procedure involves participants repeatedly walking between different lighting applications by random selection of a lighting application and preferred choice or by random selection of a lighting application alone. In this manner, participants are exposed to all lighting applications of interest more than once and participants’ preferences for the different lighting applications are reflected in the number of times they walk to each lighting application. On the basis of an initial simulation study, to explore the feasibility of this approach, a comprehensive field test was undertaken. The field test included random environmental walking and collection of participants’ subjective ratings of perceived pleasantness, perceived quality, perceived strength, and perceived flicker of 4 lighting applications. The results indicate that random environmental walking can reveal participants’ preferences for different lighting applications that, in the present study, conformed to participants’ ratings of perceived pleasantness and quality of the lighting applications. As a complement to subjectively stated environmental preferences, random environmental walking has the potential to expose behavioral preferences for different lighting applications. (Less)
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lighting assessment, random walking, structured walking, urban quality, pedestrians
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345
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10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00345
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  author       = {Patching, Geoffrey and Rahm, Johan and Jansson, Märit and Johansson, Maria},
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  keyword      = {lighting assessment,random walking,structured walking,urban quality,pedestrians},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
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  series       = {Frontiers in Psychology},
  title        = {A new method of random environmental walking for assessing behavioral preferences for different lighting applications},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00345},
  volume       = { 8},
  year         = {2017},
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