Navigating abstract virtual environment: an eeg study

Alireza Mahdizadeh Hakak*, J Bhattacharya, Nimish Biloria, R. de Kleijn, F. Shah-Mohammadi

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Perceptions of different environments are different for different people. An abstract designed environment, with a degree of freedom from any visual reference in the physical world requests a completely different perception than a fully or semi-designed environment that has some correlation with the physical world. Maximal evidence on the manner in which the human brain is involved/operates in dealing with such novel perception comes from neuropsychology. Harnessing the tools and techniques involved in the domain of neuropsychology, the paper presents nee evidence on the role of pre-central gyrus in the perception of abstract spatial environments. In order to do so, the research team developed three different categories of designed environment with different characteristics: (1) Abstract environment, (2) Semi-designed environment, (3) Fully designed environment, as experimental sample environments. Perception of Fully-designed and semi-designed environments is almost the same, [maybe] since the brain can find a correlation between designed environments and already experienced physical world. In addition to this, the response to questionnaires accompanied with a list of buzzwords that have been provided after the experiments, also describe the characteristics of the chosen sample environments. Additionally, these results confirm the suitability of continuous electroencephalography (EEG) for studying Perception from the perspective of architectural environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-480
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Neurodynamics
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Abstract environments
  • EEG
  • Fully designed
  • Perception
  • Semi-designed


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