Learning geographical information from hypothetical maps.

  title={Learning geographical information from hypothetical maps.},
  author={Nora S. Newcombe and Noelle Chiau-Ru Chiang},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  volume={35 5},
People show biases or distortions in their geographical judgments, such as mistakenly judging Rome to be south of Chicago (the Chicago-Rome illusion). These errors may derive from either perceptual heuristics or categorical organization. However, previous work on geographic knowledge has generally examined people's judgments of real-world locations for which learning history is unknown. This article reports experiments on the learning of hypothetical geographical spaces, in which participants… CONTINUE READING