Spatial reasoning: no need for visual information

Markus Knauff, Corinne Jola, Gerhard Strube

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One of the central questions of spatial reasoning research is whether the underlying processes are inherently visual or spatial. The article reports a dual-task experiment that was conducted to explore the visual and/or spatial nature of human spatial reasoning. The main tasks were inferences based on a spatial version of the interval calculus introduced by Allen (1983). The secondary tasks were presented visually or acoustically, and were either spatial or non-spatial. The results indicate that spatial reasoning is mainly based on the construction and inspection of spatial layouts, whereas no evidence of the involvement of visual representations and processes was found.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial information theory
Subtitle of host publicationfoundations of geographic information science
EditorsDaniel R. Montello
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783540454243
ISBN (Print)9783540426134, 3540426132
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2001 - Morro Bay, United States
Duration: 19 Sep 200123 Sep 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMorro Bay


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