ERIC Number: ED536431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Handbook of Spatial Cognition
Waller, David, Ed.; Nadel, Lynn, Ed.
Spatial cognition is a branch of cognitive psychology that studies how people acquire and use knowledge about their environment to determine where they are, how to obtain resources, and how to find their way home. Researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including neuroscience, cognition, and sociology, have discovered a great deal about how humans and other animals sense, interpret, behave in, and communicate about space. This book addresses some of the most important dimensions of spatial cognition, such as neuroscience, perception, memory, and language. It provides a broad yet detailed overview that is useful not only to academics, practitioners, and advanced students of psychology, but also to city planners, architects, software designers, sociologists, and anyone else who seeks to understand how we perceive, interpret, and interact with the world around us. Contents include: (1) Hippocampus and Related Areas: What the Place Cell Literature Tells Us About Cognitive Maps in Rats and Humans (A. David Redish and Arne Ekstrom); (2) Parietal Contributions to Spatial Cognition (Raymond P. Kesner and Sarah H. Creem-Regehr); (3) Spatial Perception and Action (Brett R. Fajen and Flip Phillips); (4) Multisensory Contributions to Spatial Perception (Betty J. Mohler, Massimiliano Di Luca, and Heinrich H. Bulthoff); (5) Perception of Spatial Relations During Self-Motion (John W. Philbeck and Jesse Sargent); (6) Individual and Group Differences in Spatial Ability (Beth M. Casey); (7) Spatial Memory: Place Learning, Piloting, and Route Knowledge (Ken Cheng and Paul Graham); (8) Cognitive Maps (Lynn Nadel); (9) Spatial Memory: Properties and Organization (Timothy P. McNamara); (10) The Development of Location Coding: An Adaptive Combination Account (Mark P. Holden and Nora S. Newcombe); (11) Models of Spatial Cognition (Stephen C. Hirtle); (12) I Go Right, North, and Over: Processing Spatial Language (Holly A. Taylor and Tad T. Brunye); (13) Functions and Applications of Spatial Cognition (Daniel R. Montello and Martin Raubal); and (14) Wayfinding, Navigation, and Environmental Cognition From a Naturalist's Stance (Harry Heft).
Descriptors: Memory, Spatial Ability, Cognitive Psychology, Maps, Cognitive Mapping, Guides, Neurosciences, Animals, Brain, Motion, Perception, Differences, Language Processing, Models, Physical Environment, Navigation, Perceptual Development, Sensory Experience
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