Spatial Orientation

Theory, Research, and Application

  • Herbert L. PickJr.
  • Linda P. Acredolo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Comparative and Developmental Aspects of Spatial Orientation

  3. Spatial Orientation and Special Populations

  4. Map Reading and Spatial Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Zita M. Simutis, Helena F. Barsam
      Pages 161-193
    3. Perry W. Thorndyke, Sarah E. Goldin
      Pages 195-217
    4. Herbert L. Pick Jr., Jeffrey J. Lockman
      Pages 219-224
  5. Language and Spatial Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Leonard Talmy
      Pages 225-282
    3. Charles J. Fillmore
      Pages 313-320
  6. Spatial Cognition and Information Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N3-N3
    2. John C. Baird, Mark Wagner
      Pages 321-344
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-378

About this book


How do people know where in the world they are? How do they find their way about? These are the sort of questions about spatial orientation with which this book is concerned. Staying spatially oriented is a pervasive aspect of all be­ havior. Animals must find their way through their environ­ ment searching efficiently for food and returning to their home areas and many species have developed very sophisticated sensing apparatus for helping them do this. Even little children know their way around quite complex environments. They remember where they put things and are able to retrieve them with little trouble. Adults in societies across the world have developed complex navigational systems for help­ ing them find their way over long distances with few dis­ tinctive landmarks. People across the world use their langu­ ages to communicate about spatial orientation in problems of simple direction giving and spatial descriptions as well as problems of long range navigation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Herbert L. PickJr.
    • 1
  • Linda P. Acredolo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of California at DavisDavisUSA

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