publication . Article . 2000

Cognitive Maps, Spatial Abilities, and Human Wayfinding

R. Daniel Jacobson; Reginald G. Golledge; Rob Kitchin; Mark Blades;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2000
  • Publisher: Association of Japanese Geographers
  • Country: Ireland
Abstract
In this paper we discuss the relations between cognitive maps, spatial abilities and human wayfinding, particularly in the context of traveling without the use of sight. Initially we discuss the nature of cognitive maps and the process of cognitive mapping as mechanisms for developing person to object (egocentric) and object to object (allocentric) internal representations. Imperfections in encoding either relations can introduce imperfections in representations of environments in memory. This, together with individual differences in human spatial abilities, can result in data manipulations that produce error. When information stored in long term memory is broug...
Subjects
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Cartography, Sight, Sociology, Northern ireland, Long-term memory, Cognitive map, Working memory, Cognitive psychology, Environmental learning, Encoding (memory), Test trial
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