A cognitive subtask model of statistical map reading

Douglas Herrmann, Linda Williams Pickle

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A model is presented that accounts for statistical map reading according to four cognitive subtasks: (1) map orientation, (2) legend comprehension, (3) map surface/legend integration, and (4) extracting statistical information. Each cognitive subtask can be shown to depend on a series of processes that differ somewhat from subtask to subtask. This model is evaluated in light of the literature on statistical map reading, our research findings, and experience in the development of statistical maps. The model may serve as a guide to map reading and assist in the design of statistical maps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-190
Number of pages26
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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