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Mental map: A reliable definition of choice or a distorted recognition of space?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, System analysis and economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mental map is considered as an individual’s mental representation of his/her spatial

cognition. People learn from the environment and add information to their personal

mental map. It becomes important when we try to understand the relationships

between one’s travel decision processes and their choice sets. The aim of this paper

is to study the relationship between individuals’ activity travel patterns and their

mental map by exploring people’s spatial cognition, their activity space and related

factors. Two-week travel diary and mental maps were collected for the same 57

individuals in Stockholm. Respondents were asked to report their recent trip

information in the travel diary and draw their familiar areas in specified maps. The

specified maps, to some extent, reflect respondents’ mental maps by transferring this

abstract concept from one’s mind to a visual representation. The derived mental maps

were manually drawn and transferred from graph to ASCII code in ArcGIS. The visited

activity locations on where people travelled during the observed period were used to

construct one’s activity space. The key determinants that construct these activity

space and mental map will be investigated. Marginal effect of each key variable will be

calculated to understand the magnitude of influence of each variable into the spatial

distribution of the given individual’s activity space and mental map.

The result shows that individual’s activity space is not necessarily within individual

mental map. Both activity space and mental map are correlated with individual’s

travel pattern factors. Mental map has positive influence to the formation of activity

space. The inference of marginal effect is useful for urban planning, promoting

transport policies and analyzing the effect of transport infrastructure since it can help

to locate the places that constitute individual’s activity space and mental map areas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 62 p.
TSC-MT, 15-008
Keyword [en]
Mental map, activity space, activity travel pattern, Stockholm.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170631OAI: diva2:839267
Available from: 2015-07-02 Created: 2015-07-02

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