Cognitive maps, cognitive collages, and spatial mental models

Tversky, Barbara (2020) Cognitive maps, cognitive collages, and spatial mental models. In: Mental Mapping. The Science of Orientation. New Approaches to Location – Spatial Patterns of the Global Economy Conference. Schenk Verlag, Passau, pp. 11-22. . ISBN 978-3-944850-78-8 DOI

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Although cognitive map is a popular metaphor for people's mental representations of environments, as it is typically conceived, it is often too restrictive. Two other metaphors for mental representations are proposed and supported. Cognitive collages are consistent with research demonstrating systematic errors in memory and judgment of environmental knowledge. Yet, for some simple or well-known environments, people seem to have coherent representations of the coarse spatial relations among elements. These spatial mental models allow inference and perspective-taking but may not allow accurate metric judgments.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:cognitive maps, cognitive collages, spatial mental models
ID Code:5104
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:20 May 2020 09:06
Last Modified:20 May 2020 09:06

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