The Importance of Mental Imagery in Map Reading
How do we relate what we see in a map to the world around us? A map provides a bird’s eye view of an extended area with the spatial relationships presented in terms of two-dimensional euclidean geometry. As we look out into the world, we are presented with a horizontal or straight-on view of a limited area -- the extended view is usually cut off by buildings or trees or other objects, and the spatial relationships are presented in terms of perspective geometry. I am currently investigating how people translate between the bird’s eye view with two dimensional euclidean geometry and the horizontal or straight-on view with perspective geometry.
KeywordsSpatial Relationship Mental Rotation Spatial Representation Mental Image Mental Imagery
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