Preferred mental models in reasoning about spatial relations

@article{Jahn2007PreferredMM,
  title={Preferred mental models in reasoning about spatial relations},
  author={Georg Jahn and Markus Knauff and Philip N. Johnson-Laird},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={2075-2087}
}
The theory of mental models postulates that individuals infer that a spatial description is consistent only if they can construct a model in which all the assertions in the description are true. Individuals prefer a parsimonious representation, and so, when a description is consistent with more than one possible layout of entities on the left—right dimension, individuals in our culture prefer to construct models working from left to right. They also prefer to locate entities referred to in the… 

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