Scale and multiple psychologies of space

  • Daniel R. Montello
Scales in Geographic Space
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 716)


The importance of scale to the psychology of space (perception, thinking, memory, behavior) is discussed. It is maintained that scale has an important influence on how humans treat spatial information and that several qualitatively distinct scale classes of space exist. Past systems of classification are reviewed and some novel terms and distinctions are introduced. Empirical evidence for the need to distinguish between spatial scales is presented. Some implications of these scale distinctions are briefly considered and research needs identified.


Spatial Representation Spatial Ability Environmental Space Spatial Knowledge Spatial Perception 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel R. Montello
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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