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Authors: Castell, Christoph von
Oberfeld-Twistel, Daniel
Hecht, Heiko
Title: The effect of furnishing on perceived spatial dimensions and spaciousness of interior space
Online publication date: 5-Oct-2022
Year of first publication: 2014
Language: english
Abstract: Despite the ubiquity of interior space design, there is virtually no scientific research on the influence of furnishing on the perception of interior space. We conducted two experiments in which observers were asked to estimate the spatial dimensions (size of the room dimensions in meters and centimeters) and to judge subjective spaciousness of various rooms. Experiment 1 used true-to-scale model rooms with a square surface area. Furnishing affected both the perceived height and the spaciousness judgments. The furnished room was perceived as higher but less spacious. In Experiment 2, rooms with different square surface areas and constant physical height were presented in virtual reality. Furnishing affected neither the perceived spatial dimensions nor the perceived spaciousness. Possible reasons for this discrepancy, such as the influence of the presentation medium, are discussed. Moreover, our results suggest a compression of perceived height and depth with decreasing surface area of the room.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: PLoS one
Pages or article number: e113267
Publisher: PLoS
Publisher place: Lawrence, Kan.
Issue date: 2014
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Publisher DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113267
Appears in collections:DFG-OA-Publizieren (2012 - 2017)

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