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Response to Emergency Wayfinding Systems by People from Different Cultures

Troncoso Riquelme, Jorge LU (2014) In LUTVDG/TVBB VBRM05 20141
Division of Fire Safety Engineering
Abstract
Some colors might have different connotations depending on people’s cultural backgrounds. When talking about evacuation, the color employed for exit signs and flashing lights plays a significant role because it is in charge of transmitting a message to the evacuees, either danger or safety. The aims of this study are to evaluate the influence of red and green emergency wayfinding systems on people with different cultural backgrounds and to analyze the possible impact of the distance to the means of egress when having this kind of systems. Experiments in which sixty persons participated, namely from China and from different European countries, were performed in a virtual reality environment. The results of the experiments suggest that in... (More)
Some colors might have different connotations depending on people’s cultural backgrounds. When talking about evacuation, the color employed for exit signs and flashing lights plays a significant role because it is in charge of transmitting a message to the evacuees, either danger or safety. The aims of this study are to evaluate the influence of red and green emergency wayfinding systems on people with different cultural backgrounds and to analyze the possible impact of the distance to the means of egress when having this kind of systems. Experiments in which sixty persons participated, namely from China and from different European countries, were performed in a virtual reality environment. The results of the experiments suggest that in case of an emergency situation red and green have similar connotations for both groups of participants. Chinese and Europeans make their choices in a comparable way, green being the color of choice even when the distance to travel to the means of egress is longer. (Less)
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author
Troncoso Riquelme, Jorge LU
supervisor
organization
course
VBRM05 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Cultural backgrounds, evacuation, exit signs and flashing lights, red and green emergency wayfinding systems, distance, experiments, virtual reality
publication/series
LUTVDG/TVBB
report number
5458
ISSN
1402-3504
language
English
id
4522750
date added to LUP
2014-06-27 13:15:05
date last changed
2014-06-27 13:15:05
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  abstract     = {Some colors might have different connotations depending on people’s cultural backgrounds. When talking about evacuation, the color employed for exit signs and flashing lights plays a significant role because it is in charge of transmitting a message to the evacuees, either danger or safety. The aims of this study are to evaluate the influence of red and green emergency wayfinding systems on people with different cultural backgrounds and to analyze the possible impact of the distance to the means of egress when having this kind of systems. Experiments in which sixty persons participated, namely from China and from different European countries, were performed in a virtual reality environment. The results of the experiments suggest that in case of an emergency situation red and green have similar connotations for both groups of participants. Chinese and Europeans make their choices in a comparable way, green being the color of choice even when the distance to travel to the means of egress is longer.},
  author       = {Troncoso Riquelme, Jorge},
  issn         = {1402-3504},
  keyword      = {Cultural backgrounds,evacuation,exit signs and flashing lights,red and green emergency wayfinding systems,distance,experiments,virtual reality},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {LUTVDG/TVBB},
  title        = {Response to Emergency Wayfinding Systems by People from Different Cultures},
  year         = {2014},
}