The Construction of Cognitive Maps

The Construction of Cognitive Maps

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and processes which are exclusive to humans in their encoding, storing, decoding and retrieving spatial knowledge for various tasks. The authors present and discuss connectionist models of cognitive maps which are based on local representation, versus models which are based on distributed representation, as well as connectionist models concerning language and spatial relations. As is well known, Gibson's (1979) ecological approach suggests a view on cognition which is diametrically different from the classical main stream view: perception (and thus cognition) is direct, immediate and needs no internal information processing, and is thus essentially an external process of interaction between an organism and its external environment. The chapter by Harry Heft introduces J. J. Gibson's ecological approach and its implication to the construction of cognitive maps in general and to the issue of wayfinding in particular. According to Heft, main stream cognitive sciences are essentially Cartesian in nature and have not as yet internalized the implications of Darwin's theory of evolution. Gibson, in his ecological approach, has tried to do exactly this. The author introduces the basic terminology of the ecological approach and relates its various notions, in particular optic flow, nested hierarchy and affordances, to navigation and the way routes and places in the environment are learned.
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  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 165.6 x 243.3 x 27.4mm | 739.37g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1996 ed.
  • X, 366 p.
  • 0792339495
  • 9780792339496

Table of contents

The Construction of Cognitive Maps: An Introduction; J. Portugali. Part One: Theoretical Frameworks. Inter-representation Networks and Cognitive Mappings; J. Portugali. Synergetics, Inter-representation Networks and Cognitive Maps; H. Haken, J. Portugali. Connectionism and Neural Networks. Neural Network Models of Cognitive Maps; S. Gopal. Connectionist Models in Spatial Cognition; T. Ghiselli-Crippa, et al. The Ecological Approach. The Ecological Approach to Navigation: A Gibsonian Perspective; H. Heft. Experiential Realism. Verbal Directions for Way-Finding: Space, Cognition and Language; H. Couclelis. Part Two: Transformations. From Visual Information to Cognitive Maps. Vision: From Visual Information to Cognitive Maps; J. Sholl. Constructing Cognitive Maps with Orientation Biases; R. Lloyd, R. Cammack. Cognitive Maps by Visually Impaired People. Cognitive Mapping and Wayfinding by Adults Without Vision; R.G. Golledge, et al. The Construction of Cognitive Maps by Children with Visual Impairments; S. Ungar, et al. From Language to Cognitive Maps. Language as a Means of Constructing and Conveying Cognitive Maps; N. Franklin. Modes of Linearization in the Description of Spatial Configurations; M.-P. Daniel, et al. Part Three: Specific Themes. Spatial Reasoning. Modeling Directional Knowledge and Reasoning in Environmental Space: Testing Qualitative Metrics; D.R. Montello, A.U. Frank. Cognitive Mapping and Culture. Mapping as a Cultural Universal; D. Stea, et al. Subject Index.
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