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Books: Cognitive Science: Gattis (ed)

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Message 1: Spatial Schemas and Abstract Thought: Gattis (ed)

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:16:56 +0000
From: dgw <dgwmit.edu>
Subject: Spatial Schemas and Abstract Thought: Gattis (ed)



Title: Spatial Schemas and Abstract Thought
Series Title: Bradford Books
			
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press 
 http://mitpress.mit.edu/		 
			
Editor: Merideth Gattis, University of Sheffield				

Paperback: ISBN: 0262571692, Pages: 362, Price: $25
Comment: Hardcover published 2001
			
Abstract:

Humans and other animals depend on their ability to perceive and
represent spatial aspects of the world. We learn spatial schemas by
observing the locations and movements of objects (including people)
and the configuration of our environment. This book explores the role
these spatial schemas play in abstract, nonspatial tasks. Evidence
suggests that we adapt spatial schemas for three basic purposes in
abstract cognition: to structure memory, to structure communication,
and to structure reasoning.

Are spatial schemas mere metaphors that help us to understand
cognitive processes, or are they actual internal mechanisms? Evidence
for the latter suggests that the cognitive structures we develop to
perceive, navigate, and remember space are the indispensable
foundation of more abstract cognitive tasks. The book proposes the
means by which spatial structures might be adapted for nonspatial
purposes, and it considers alternatives to spatial coding as a basis
for abstract thought.

The book is organized into three parts: the representation and use of
space, spatial schemas in cultural contexts, and the kinds of
computational and neurological structures that might be involved in
abstract thought. The contributors include cognitive psychologists,
developmental psychologists, linguists, anthropologists, and computer
scientists.

Merideth Gattis is Lecturer in Psychology at the University of
Sheffield, UK.

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
			 
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)


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