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Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought

Markus Knauff


Many scholars believe that visual mental imagery plays a key role in reasoning. The following chapters in this book argues against this view, proposing that visual images are not relevant for reasoning and can even impede the process. The book also argues against the claim that human thinking is solely based on abstract symbols and is completely embedded in language. The author proposes a third way to think about human reasoning that relies on supramodal spatial layout models, which are more abstract than pictorial images and more concrete than linguistic representations. The author again argu ... More

Keywords: Mental imagery, spatial layout models, indeterminacy, human reasoning, preferred layout model, algorithmic analysis, implementational analysis, psychological experiments, brain imaging, computational modelling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262018654
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Markus Knauff, author