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Space to ReasonA Spatial Theory of Human Thought$
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Markus Knauff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018654.001.0001

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Reasoning and Spatial Layout Models

Reasoning and Spatial Layout Models

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(p.21) 2 Reasoning and Spatial Layout Models
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Space to Reason
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Markus Knauff

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018654.003.0002

This chapter discusses the main representational assumptions of space to reason theory. It begins by discussing a theory of reasoning developed by cognitive psychologist Philip N. Johnson-Laird and based on integrated mental representations, which he called mental models. This assumption that mental models play an important role in solving relational reasoning problems is supported by the experimental findings. The chapter emphasizes that reasoning is not embedded in language, and is based on the construction and variation of mental representations which are inherently spatial and more abstract than visual images. The author concludes the chapter with a notion of spatial layout models that requires experimental research in order to prove its authenticity and usefulness.

Keywords:   reasoning, integrated mental representations, mental models, language, visual images, spatial layout models, experimental research

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