Project M: MeMoSpace

Mental models in spatial reasoning

Gerhard Strube, Reinhold Rauh, Christoph Schlieder, Cornelius Hagen, Sandra Riedewald

University of Freiburg, Center for Cognitive Science

Duration: 1996 - 2000

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The MeMoSpace project studies the cognitive processes involved in spatial relational reasoning. The mental model account of deductive reasoning is used as a general framework for describing these inferences. It distinguishes three stages in the reasoning process:

Our primary research goal is to elaborate on this scheme for inferences involving qualitative spatial relations.
To that end, classical experimental paradigms from the psychology of reasoning (e.g. three-term series) are applied to material from AI research on qualitative spatial reasoning (e.g. interval relations). Knowledge about the logical and algorithmical properties of the relations occurring in the reasoning task is helpful in two respects. Firstly, it allows the testing of general hypotheses on the nature of model-based reasoning, such as the claim that the difficulty of a task is related to the number of possible mental models. Secondly, some of the formal properties (e.g. symmetries relating different tasks) can be employed to analyze the model construction process.

Approaches: empirical investigation; modeling
Areas of Research: artificial intelligence; cognitive science
Topics: mental models; spatial reasoning

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