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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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Indeterminacy and Preferred Layout Models

Indeterminacy and Preferred Layout Models

(p.109) 6 Indeterminacy and Preferred Layout Models
Space to Reason

Markus Knauff

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the problem of indeterminacy in human reasoning and provides an explanation of how the construction and manipulation of spatial layout models takes place in spatial working memory. It also introduces an indeterminate reasoning problem, the notion of preferred layout models, which is one specific spatial layout model of premises. The chapter emphasizes the importance of this model for indeterminate problems in which the premises are ambiguous. This model also preserves spatial relationships between the objects without incorporating pictorial features that are presented in visual images. An important advantage of such a model is that it directs the further process of inference by neglecting alternative interpretations of the problem, and as a result helps people in saving working memory resources.

Keywords:   human reasoning, spatial layout models, spatial working memory, visual images, working memory resources

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