Factors related to social wayfinding: environment, ability, and anxiety

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dc.contributor Boles, David B.
dc.contributor Guadagno, Rosanna E.
dc.contributor Hamilton, James C.
dc.contributor Merrill, Edward C.
dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor.advisor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly
dc.contributor.author McKeen, James Henry
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:42:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:42:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000631
dc.identifier.other McKeen_alatus_0004D_10625
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1136
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Two experiments and a qualitative study investigate variables that predict different aspects of wayfinding. The first experiment investigated the extent to which sense of direction, general anxiety, spatial anxiety, gender, and a non-threatening or threatening description of environments predicted perceived threat in the environment. In addition, the experiment compared and contrasted spatial and general anxiety, investigating the nature of these two measures as wayfinding variables. Sense of direction, gender, and the described environment manipulation predicted perceived threat for a walking scenario while general anxiety predicted perceived threat for a driving scenario. The second experiment investigated the extent to which spatial anxiety, general anxiety, perceived threat, the environmental threat description manipulation, and gender predicted likelihood of asking for directions from strangers and acquaintances. Higher general anxiety predicted lower likelihood of asking strangers for directions, while having no predictive value for familiar persons (as expected). The third study was a qualitative analysis of participants' essays remembering their thoughts and behaviors from the last time they were lost or disoriented by themselves, revealing that self-reported descriptions included the variables of interest (thoughts regarding one's sense of direction, anxious feelings, and environmental assessment).
dc.format.extent 135 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cognitive Psychology
dc.subject.other Experimental Psychology
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Factors related to social wayfinding: environment, ability, and anxiety
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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