The psychological validity of qualitative spatial reasoning in one dimension

Markus Knauff, Gerhard Strube, Corinne Jola, Reinhold Rauh, Christoph Schlieder

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One of the central questions of spatial reasoning research is whether the underlying processes are inherently visual, spatial, or logical. We applied the dual task interference paradigm to spatial reasoning problems in one dimension, using Allen's interval calculus, in order to make progress towards resolving this argument. Our results indicate that spatial reasoning with interval relations is largely based on the construction and inspection of qualitative spatial representations, or mental models, while no evidence for logical proofs of derivations or the involvement of visual representations and processes was found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalSpatial Cognition & Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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