Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Representing and Processing Spatial Knowledge by Christian FreksaSpatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Representing and Processing Spatial Knowledge by Christian Freksa

Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Representing and Processing Spatial Knowledge

byChristian FreksaEditorChristopher Habel, Karl F. Wender


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Research on spatial cognition is a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary enterprise for the study of spatial representations and cognitive spatial processes, be they real or abstract, human or machine. Spatial cognition brings together a variety of - search methodologies: empirical investigations on human and animal orientation and navigation; studies of communicating spatial knowledge using language and graphical or other pictorial means; the development of formal models for r- resenting and processing spatial knowledge; and computer implementations to solve spatial problems, to simulate human or animal orientation and navigation behavior, or to reproduce spatial communication patterns. These approaches can interact in interesting and useful ways: Results from empirical studies call for formal explanations both of the underlying memory structures and of the processes operating upon them; we can develop and - plement operational computer models obeying the relationships between objects and events described by the formal models; we can empirically test the computer models under a variety of conditions, and we can compare the results to the - sults from the human or animal experiments. A disagreement between these results can provide useful indications towards the re nement of the models.
Title:Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Representing and Processing Spatial KnowledgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:489 pages

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Table of Contents

Spatial Knowledge Acquisition and Spatial Memory.- Allocentric and Egocentric Spatial Representations: Definitions, Distinctions, and Interconnections.- The Route Direction Effect and its Constraints.- Spatial Information and Actions.- The Impact of Exogenous Factors on Spatial Coding in Perception and Memory.- Judging Spatial Relations from Memory.- Relations between the mental representation of extrapersonal space and spatial behavior.- Representational Levels for the Perception of the Courses of Motion.- Formal and Linguistic Models.- How Space Structures Language.- Shape Nouns and Shape Concepts: A Geometry for 'Corner'.- Typicality Effects in the Categorization of Spatial Relations.- The Use of Locative Expressions in Dependence of the Spatial Relation between Target and Reference Object in Two-Dimensional Layouts.- Reference Frames for Spatial Inference in Text Understanding.- Mental Models in Spatial Reasoning.- Formal Models for Cognition - Taxonomy of Spatial Location Description and Frames of Reference.- Spatial Representation with Aspect Maps.- A Hierarchy of Qualitative Representations for Space.- Spatial Reasoning with Topological Information.- Navigation in Real and Virtual Worlds.- A Taxonomy of Spatial Knowledge for Navigation and its Application to the Bremen Autonomous Wheelchair.- Human Place Learning in a Computer Generated Arena.- Spatial Orientation and Spatial Memory Within a 'Locomotor Maze' for Humans.- Behavioral experiments in spatial cognition using virtual reality.- Spatial orientation in virtual environments: Background considerations and experiments.