Travel time as the basis of cognitive distance

Alan M. MacEachren

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Cognitive distance is analyzed in relation to various elements of the built environment. The basis for accepting a power function as the underlying functional relationship between cognitive distance and its objective counterpart is discussed. This counterpart has been assumed to be objective distance. Evidence is presented to indicate that cognition of distance is based upon travel time rather than upon objective distance or upon objective distance modified by other elements of the built environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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