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Alterpodes: Communication biases in plausible reasoning about geographic perception of place and space

Matei, Sorin Adam and Parisi, Lorenza and Comunello, Francesca and Vibber, Kelly (2020) Alterpodes: Communication biases in plausible reasoning about geographic perception of place and space. In: Mental Mapping. The Science of Orientation. New Approaches to Location – Spatial Patterns of the Global Economy Conference. Schenk Verlag, Passau, pp. 93-112. . ISBN 978-3-944850-78-8 DOI https://doi.org/10.14267/978-3-944850-78-8_6

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Abstract

This study builds on existing work on cartographic thinking in everyday life to better understand how digital and/or traditional media influence our perceptions of continental scale geography. Using a mixed, US-Italian sample of college students living in cities on similar latitudes, we found that there is a bias in placing U.S. cities further north and European cities further south than where they should be. Such biases reflect a process of ‘plausible reasoning,’ which assumes that places are located cartographically in a biased way due to cultural-cognitive processes facilitated by media. The specific media found to be related with such biases in this study and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:geography, social media, space, place, perception, media effects, traditional media
Subjects:Geography
Media and communication
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14267/978-3-944850-78-8_6
ID Code:5211
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:20 May 2020 09:07
Last Modified:20 May 2020 09:07

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