How we perceive our spatial environment, how our mind stores such information, and how we use it to make a wide variety of complex spatial decisions, are some of the concerns of cognitive mapping. These questions are fundamental for a wide range of disciplines and cognitive mapping has applications in environmental planning, cartography, transportation, migration, route learning and wayfinding, business location and consumer behaviour.
In this first comprehensive overview for more than twenty years, Rob Kitchin and Mark Blades synthesize ideas and empirical findings from geography, planning, cartography, anthropology, computer science, psychology and cognitive science to provide a critical assessment of how we think about and behave in geographic space. They detail the current 'state of play' of cognitive mapping research, with detailed analysis of how spatial knowledge is created, stored, used and measured. Using these results and their own empirical research they put forward a new conceptual model of cognitive mapping which integrates research focused on specific aspects of cognitive mapping, and unites the theoretical traditions of behavioural geography and environmental psychology. In the final chapter they outline a research agenda to guide future studies. This new book from two leading researchers will be welcomed by those looking both for new ideas and the broader picture in this wide-ranging field of study.
|Publisher:||I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.76(d)|
About the Author
Rob Kitchin is Lecturer in Human Geography at the National University of Ireland. Mark Blades is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield.
Table of Contents
|Figures and Tables||vi|
|1.||Introducing Cognitive Mapping||1|
|2.||Models of Cognitive Mapping||11|
|3.||Learning and Acquisition of Cognitive Maps||33|
|4.||Structure and Form of Cognitive Maps||57|
|5.||Development of Cognitive Maps over the Lifespan||85|
|6.||Individual and Gender Differences in Cognitive Mapping||99|
|7.||Cognitive Mapping and Disability||111|
|8.||Methods and Methodological Issues||127|
|9.||A Model for Future Research||177|