InterJournal Complex Systems, 370
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [370]
Submission Date: 501
Revised On: 10402
Environmental complexity: Information for Human-Environment Well-Being
Author(s): Alice Davidson ,Yaneer Bar-Yam

Subject(s): CX.07, CX.13, CX.41, CX.43, CX.16

Category: Article


Shannon's information theory provided the basis for the development of a quantitative measure of environmental complexity in this study. Environmental complexity was calculated from the number of visually distinct environments characteristic of the objects in five photographs of each elderly subject?s home. It was found that more complex environments correlated with the higher cognitive function and more robust locomotor activity of those living in the community. Complexity was found to be a quality of the environment independent of aesthetics.

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