Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Space, Overview

  • Wendy Li
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_421


Space attained special prominence in early modern philosophy because of its importance in the new science. Immanuel Kant, for example, discussed space and spatiality in his early works on physics and metaphysics. Kant regarded spaces as the appearance of the external relations of unitary monads (Hatfield, 2006). In psychology, the study of space can be traced back to the nineteenth century. William James (1887), in his work The Perception of Space, argued that sensations were directly experienced as spatial in nature. James, in his later reviews, considered that spatial relations were directly experienced as sensations (Farrell, 2011). Since then, the study of space perception developed rapidly. This field within psychology is concerned with how recognition of an object’s physical appearance or its interactions is perceived, for example, by exploring the concepts of visual space, depth perception, movement, form, color, and their interactions. More specialized topics...

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Online Resources

  1. Spatial Cognition Priority Programme. http://spp.cosy.informatik.uni-bremen.de/
  2. Spatial Cognition Research Centre. http://iqn.cosy.informatik.uni-bremen.de/index.html
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia