5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS, 2014, Riviera, Varna, Bulgaria, 15 - 21 June 2014, vol.0, pp.157-170
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.Visualisation of geospatial information is a key issue as it is a bridge between rich and high level spatial information, and the users of this information that helps to support decision making, management and operations. In recent years, new developments in technology have provided new methods and platforms that enable the innovative visualisation of geospatial information. Disciplines such as information visualisation, scientific visualisation, human-computer interaction and cartography have been integrated by researchers in order to generate geovisualisation strategies. Many aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) could be improved by greater attention to the research on cognitive science. Operators, users and decision makers using GIS deal with large and complex geospatial data, and so the way geospatial information is visualised affects their perception. This explorative study suggests a systematic methodology for testing and analysing perceptions of geospatial information, considering different types of explorations and visualisation scenarios in a 3D virtual city environment. After making behavioural and fNIRS analyses, the study discusses how cognitive issues may differ in these scenarios.