On the relevance of Gibson's affordance concept for geographical information science (GISc)

Cogn Process. 2015 Sep;16 Suppl 1:265-9. doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0719-4.


J. J. Gibson's concept of affordances has provided a theoretical basis for various studies in geographical information science (GISc). This paper sets out to explain its popularity from a GISc perspective. Based on a short review of previous work, it will be argued that its main contributions to GISc are twofold, including an action-centered view of spatial entities and the notion of agent-environment mutuality. Using the practical example of pedestrian behavior simulation, new potentials for using and extending affordances are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Environment
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Motion Perception / physiology*
  • Optical Illusions / physiology
  • Psychophysiology*