Cognitive Processing

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 371–373 | Cite as

Using space to represent data: diagrammatic reasoning

  • Björn GottfriedEmail author
Short Report


Diagrammatic reasoning is a subfield of cognitive processing which investigates the construction of diagrams and their employment by humans and machines. Diagrams can be conceived of as specific kinds of representations that are external to the mind, for example, printed on a sheet of paper, and which are devoted to a particular category of objects and their relations, such as closed curves and their intersections, representing sets and intersection relations like in a Venn diagram. According to the fundamental assumption of diagrammatic reasoning, diagrams do aid in problem solving, frequently more efficiently than other representations, as, for example, propositional logic (Larkin and Simon 1987). A number of efforts have been made to find a systematic treatment of different kinds of diagrams. This enables the distinction of different diagrams, as cartographic maps, histograms, and icons along dimensions such as the mode of correspondence, referring to the more or less...


Cognitive Processing Propositional Logic Venn Diagram Diagrammatic Representation Closed Curf 
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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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