Spatial Cognition VI. Learning, Reasoning, and Talking about Space: International Conference Spatial Cognition 2008, Freiburg, Germany, September 15-19, 2008. Proceedings / Edition 1

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This isthe sixthvolumeinaseriesofbooksdedicatedto basicresearchinspatial cognition. Spatial cognition research investigates relations between the physical spatial world, on the one hand, and the mental world of humans, animals, and arti?cialagents,ontheotherhand. Cognitiveagents–naturalorarti?cial–make useofspatialandtemporalinformationabouttheirenvironmentandabouttheir relationto the environmentto movearound,to behaveintelligently,andto make adaptivedecisionsinthepursuitoftheirgoals. Morespeci?cally,cognitiveagents process various kinds of spatial knowledge for learning, reasoning, and talking about space. From a cognitivepoint of view, a centralquestion is how our brainsrepresent and process spatial information. When designing spatial representationsystems, usability will be increased if the external and internal forms of representation are aligned as much as possible. A particularly interesting feature is that much of the internal representations of the meanings of words seem to have a spatial structure. This also holds when we are not talking about space as such. The spatiality of natural semantics will impose further requirements on the design of information systems. An elementary example is that “more” of something is often imagined as “higher” on a vertical dimension: consequently, a graphical informationsystem that associates“more” with “down” will easily be misund- stood. Another example concerns similarity relations: features that are judged to be similar in meaning are best represented as spatially close in a graphical information system. In addition to the question of how this information is represented and used – which was the focus of the previous Spatial Cognition volumes – an imp- tant question is whether spatial abilities are innate (“hard wired”) or whether these abilities can be learned and trained.
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Invited Talks.- Virtual Reality as a Valuable Research Tool for Investigating Different Aspects of Spatial Cognition.- On the “Whats” and “Hows” of “Where”: The Role of Salience in Spatial Descriptions.- Learning about Space.- Spatial Orientation.- Does Body Orientation Matter When Reasoning about Depicted or Described Scenes?.- Spatial Memory and Spatial Orientation.- Spatial Navigation.- Map-Based Spatial Navigation: A Cortical Column Model for Action Planning.- Efficient Wayfinding in Hierarchically Regionalized Spatial Environments.- Analyzing Interactions between Navigation Strategies Using a Computational Model of Action Selection.- A Minimalistic Model of Visually Guided Obstacle Avoidance and Path Selection Behavior.- Spatial Learning.- Route Learning Strategies in a Virtual Cluttered Environment.- Learning with Virtual Verbal Displays: Effects of Interface Fidelity on Cognitive Map Development.- Cognitive Surveying: A Framework for Mobile Data Collection, Analysis, and Visualization of Spatial Knowledge and Navigation Practices.- Maps and Modalities.- What Do Focus Maps Focus On?.- Locating Oneself on a Map in Relation to Person Qualities and Map Characteristics.- Conflicting Cues from Vision and Touch Can Impair Spatial Task Performance: Speculations on the Role of Spatial Ability in Reconciling Frames of Reference.- Spatial Communication.- Epistemic Actions in Science Education.- An Influence Model for Reference Object Selection in Spatially Locative Phrases.- Spatial Language.- Tiered Models of Spatial Language Interpretation.- Perspective Use and Perspective Shift in Spatial Dialogue.- Natural Language Meets Spatial Calculi.- Automatic Classification of Containment and Support Spatial Relations in English and Dutch.- Similarity and Abstraction.- Integral vs. Separable Attributes in Spatial Similarity Assessments.- Spatial Abstraction: Aspectualization, Coarsening, and Conceptual Classification.- Concepts and Reference Frames.- Representing Concepts in Time.- The Network of Reference Frames Theory: A Synthesis of Graphs and Cognitive Maps.- Spatially Constrained Grammars for Mobile Intention Recognition.- Modeling Cross-Cultural Performance on the Visual Oddity Task.- Spatial Modeling and Spatial Reasoning.- Modelling Scenes Using the Activity within Them.- Pareto-Optimality of Cognitively Preferred Polygonal Hulls for Dot Patterns.- Qualitative Reasoning about Convex Relations.
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