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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 Imageability

Reasoning and Imageability

(p.41) 3 Reasoning and Imageability
Space to Reason

Markus Knauff

The MIT Press

This chapter, which begins with a discussion of the findings of previous studies on the role of visualization in logical reasoning, shows that clear conclusions cannot be drawn from these findings as there is a confounding of materials citing visual imagery and materials citing spatial representations. It equates various experiments to compare the hypothesis with the orthodox view that visual imagery improves reasoning, and emphasizes that the process of reasoning can be hindered by visual images which are evoked by visual features that are irrelevant to the inference. The visual impedance hypothesis formulated in the chapter asserts that visual images are not important for reasoning, and it is suggested that the use of spatial layout models in reasoning is beneficial.

Keywords:   logical reasoning, visualization, visual imagery, spatial representations, spatial layout models

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