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A theoretical framework for the study of spatial cognition

Tirassa, Maurizio and Carassa, Antonella and Geminiani, Giuliano (2000) A theoretical framework for the study of spatial cognition. [Book Chapter]

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We argue that the locomotion of organisms is better understood as a form of interaction with a subjective environment, rather than as a set of behaviors allegedly amenable to objective descriptions. An organism's interactions with its subjective environment are in turn understandable in terms of its cognitive architecture. We propose a large-scale classification of the possible types of cognitive architectures, giving a sketch of the subjective structure that each of them superimposes on space and of the relevant consequences on locomotion. The classification comprises a main division between nonrepresentational and representational architectures and further subdivisions.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Additional Information:With kind permission by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.
Keywords:Spatial cognition; Representation; Cognitive architecture; Phylogeny; Evolution;
Subjects:Psychology > Psychobiology
Biology > Animal Cognition
Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Comparative Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Epistemology
ID Code:3552
Deposited By:Tirassa, Prof. Maurizio
Deposited On:07 Apr 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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