Spatial familiarity as a variable in cognitive mapping


Kitchin, Rob (1994) Spatial familiarity as a variable in cognitive mapping. Swansea Geographer, 31. pp. 42-52. ISSN 0081-9980

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Abstract

Cognitive mapping and spatial familiarity are intuitively intertwined. Cognitive mapping refers to our knowledge about the world around us, and the methods we use to store and us such information. The places we are most familiar with are inherently likely to be those best remembered. Spatial familiarity is though more multifarious than simply ’how well a place in known’ needing surrogate measures to become operational. These surrogates include name identification, locational knowledge, interactional experience, visual recognition and knowledge about places. Because of these definitional and operational problems the using spatial familiarity as a variable in cognitive mapping research is more complex than originally thought. This paper explores this potential multidimensional nature to discover how best to make spatial familiarity operational for cognitive mapping studies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Spatial familiarity; cognitive mapping;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7251
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 12:06
Journal or Publication Title: Swansea Geographer
Publisher: Geographical Society, University College of Swansea
Refereed: Yes
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