Exploring the Nonrandomness of Human Spatial Choice Behaviour II: The Causes of Selection

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Authors
  1. Christie, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Dalhousie Univ, Halifax NS (CAN) Dept of Psychology
Abstract
Individuals were asked to select locations in shapes. The requests were either for randomness, hiding, or finding. It was confirmed that individuals are incapable of behaving randomly, and tat this is partially determined by properties of the shape occupying the selection space that attract attention. If a shape has few properties that attract attention individuals hide better than when those properties are not available. Furthermore, the ability to select the locations that others would not interacted with the shape information such that, even when it would have been beneficial to avoid locations that attract attention, individuals did not do so. It is proposed that attention and shape recognition interact to cause this effect.
Keywords
Human biases;Non-random behaviour;Spatial choice
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-150 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2001
Number of Pages
56
DSTKIM No
CA021744
CANDIS No
518480
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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