Contemporary Thought and Practice in Cognitive Mapping Research: An Introduction

  title={Contemporary Thought and Practice in Cognitive Mapping Research: An Introduction},
  author={Scott M. Freundschuh and Rob Kitchin},
  journal={The Professional Geographer},
The five papers included in this theme section have their origins in a day-long symposium held at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Fort Worth, Texas. The focus of this symposium was cognitive mapping in its broadest interpretation, and its aim was two-fold. First, to bring together an international gathering of researchers to exchange ideas and foster research collaborations. Second, to examine recent developments, empirical research, and future directions… Expand
Mind the Gap
This paper explores the effects of iconic, abstract representations of complex objects on our interactions with those objects through an ethnographic study of the use of the London Underground Map toExpand
Identifying the Individualist / Collectivist Cultural Dimension in Space
Space reflects the culture of its respective society. By analyzing configurational patterns of space, the discipline of spatial analysis attempts to reveal the underlying socio-cultural implicationExpand
Mind The Gap : The ‘ Tube Map ’ as London ’ s User Interface
An essential, but often ignored, technology that stands as the interface between the city and its public is the map. But how can a visual representation influence a user’s points of contact within,Expand
The London Underground Map and Users5 Representations of Urban Space
This paper explores the effects of iconic, abstract representations of complex objects on our interactions with those objects through an ethnographic study of the use of the London Underground Map toExpand
A Conceptual Model of Exploration Wayfinding: An Integrated Theoretical Framework and Computational Methodology
This thesis is an attempt to integrate contending cognitive approaches to modeling wayfinding behavior. The primary goal is to create a plausible model for exploration tasks within indoorExpand
Children's Cognitive Mapping: A Potential Tool for Neighbourhood Planning
This paper reviews the children's maps against Lynch's well-known typology of urban design elements and hopes to show how cognitive map techniques may provide one way to collect information on what is really of interest and importance to this often overlooked user “constituency”. Expand
Shared mental models as a psychological explanation for converging mental representations of place : The example of OpenStreetMap
People perceive the environment in various idiosyncratic ways, letting them conceptualize places differently. Representation in a data set and communication about places, however, create the need toExpand
Cognitive Mapping: An Application for Trail Management
Outdoor recreation managers and planners need to use effective and efficient methods to monitor environmental impacts and degradation in areas under their jurisdiction. Traditional methods used toExpand
Social trajectory and socio-spatial representation of urban space: The relation between social and cognitive structures
This study analyzed the representations of urban space based on the social representations paradigm. To highlight the social dimensions of spatial cognition processes, we examined how the socialExpand
A Focused Intervention for 1st-Year College Students: Promoting Hope, Sense of Coherence, and Self-Efficacy
Results revealed students who achieved higher levels of hope following the workshop got higher grades in the semester following the intervention, and SOC and self-efficacy scores were significantly related both to hope levels after 1 month and to mean grades. Expand


Relations Between Psychology and Geography
The special issue of Environment and Behavior, "Relations Between Environmental Psychology and Allied Fields," edited by Seymour Wapner (1995) contained seven articles explorng the links betweenExpand
Environment, cognition, and action : an integrated approach
Gary W. Evans & Tommy Garling: Environment, Cognition, and Action PART I: THE IMPACT OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: Rachel Kaplan: Environmental description and prediction: A conceptual analysisExpand
Behavior and environment : psychological and geographical approaches
Understanding behaviour and environment - a joint challenge to psychology and geography, T. Gaerling and R.G. Colledge. Part 1 Basic processes of behaviour-environment interaction: geographicalExpand
Image of the city
What does the city's form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city's image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions,Expand
Applying Cognitive Mapping
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Proximity and Preference
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Image and Environment: Cognitive Mapping and Spatial Behavior. Chicago: Aldine
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