Embodying spatial maps

Bernhard Hommel, Alexander Klippel

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Humans do not learn spatial layouts by making detailed mental snapshots. In contrast, they organize and integrate the available information into dynamic cognitive structures. Indeed, there is evidence that sensory information undergoes considerable change on its way from the eye, ear, and other receptors to perceptual systems and memory. To account for a number of these changes, we present a theoretical framework based on the Theory of Event Coding (Hommel, Müsseier, Aschersleben & Prinz, 2001). We suggest that spatial maps consist of integrated event files or object-action complexes that include information about the features of objects of a layout and the actions these objects afford. We demonstrate how this framework explains available experimental effects and discuss further implications. Compilation copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationControl Mechanisms for Spatial Knowledge Processing in Cognitive / Intelligent Systems - Papers from the 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2007
Event2007 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 26 2007Mar 28 2007

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


Other2007 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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