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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 Working Memory

Reasoning and Working Memory

(p.59) 4 Reasoning and Working Memory
Space to Reason

Markus Knauff

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This chapter discusses studies investigating the relationship between reasoning and visual and spatial working memory, beginning with a summary of the existing literature, including the working memory theory of British memory psychologist Alan Baddeley. It emphasizes that the difference between visual and spatial working memory, which is important for the understanding of the principles of visualization and spatialization in human reasoning, has not been explained in the existing literature on the psychology of reasoning. The chapter also focuses on studies in which the role of visual and spatial representations in logical reasoning has been explored by using the concept of resource limitation, concluding that reasoning processes do not interfere with visual secondary tasks.

Keywords:   reasoning, working memory, human reasoning, resource limitation, visual secondary tasks

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