Geography and Cognitive Science
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The current interest that geographic researchers have in spatial cognition has directly evolved from the behavioral paradigm established in geography in the late sixties (Cox and Golledge 1969) and early seventies (Downs and Stea 1973). Early landmark studies in this era by researches, such as Lynch (1960) on images of cities, Gould (1966) on mental maps, Lowenthal (1961) on environmental images, and Wolpert (1964) on decision-making processes, had sown the seeds of some new ideas that took root. These roots established a cognitive perspective that attracted the attention of geographers interested in a variety of topics. Geographers had always been interested in exploring environments and representing them on maps and this new interest in spatial cognition was a natural extension of this tradition. Because the basic concepts of spatial cognition focus on the environmental information we all have stored in our memories, these concepts have a broad range of applications in many subareas of geography.
KeywordsSpatial Information Cognitive Science Associative Memory Hide Unit Spatial Cognition
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