This book explores studies on the nature, acquisition and use of cognitive representations of urban environments. Most of the researchers represented in this volume will be well known to environmental psychologists for their contributions to the field; therefore, this volume also provides a valuable cross-section of the work of key researchers in environmental psychology. This book examines the psychological processes whereby people summarize and distill a rich mixture of exeperiences, recording them in a form that allows future utilization. As such, the volume should be of value not only to environmental psychologists, but to all who are interested in how people make sense of the world around them.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 171.45 x 247.65 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
- 01 Jan 1995
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
Table of contents
Preface, D. Canter; introduction - how do urban residents acquire, mentally represent and use knowledge of spatial layout, T. Garling. Part 1 The nature of cognitive representations of urban environments: structure of urban cognitive maps, J.I. Aragones and J.M. Arredondo; the role of figural organization in city imageability - an information processing analysis, C.J. Holahan and P.F. Sorenson; exploring the anchorpoint hypothesis of spatial cognition, H. Couclelis et al; reference systems in cognitive maps, T. Garling et al. Part 2 Acquisition of cognitive representations of urban environments: navigator - a psychologically based model of environmental learning through navigation, S. Gopal et al; acquisition of spatial knowledge for routes, S.C. Hirtle and J. Hudson; the effects of pathway configuration, landmarks and stress on environmental cognition, G.W. Evans et al; the influence of affective associations on the development of cognitive maps of large environments, J.F. Herman et al. Part 3 Use of cognitive representations of urban environments: spatial representations, a way-finding perspective, R. Passini; sketch-map variables as predictors of way-finding performance, M.J. Rovine and G.D. Weisman; the spatiotemporal sequencing of everyday activities in the large-scale environment, T. Garling et al; planning, mood and place-liking, J. Snodgrass et al.