Unconscious Guidance of Pedestrians Using Vection and Body Sway

  • Norifumi Watanabe
  • Takashi Omori
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 196)


In daily life our behavior is guided by various visual stimuli, such as the information on direction signs. However, our environmentally-based perceptual capacity is often challenged under crowded conditions, even more so in critical circumstances like emergency evacuations. In those situations, we often fail to pay attention to important signs. In order to achieve more effective direction guidance, we considered the use of unconscious reflexes in human walking. In this study, we experimented with vision-guided walking direction control by inducing subjects to shift their gaze direction using a vection stimulus combined with body sway. We confirmed that a shift in a subject’s walking direction and body sway could be induced by a combination of vection and vibratory stimulus. We propose a possible mechanism for this effect.


Pedestrian Guidance Vection Body Sway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norifumi Watanabe
    • 1
  • Takashi Omori
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputerScienceTokyo University of TechnologyHachiojiJapan
  2. 2.Brain Science InstituteTamagawa UniversityMachidaJapan

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