Project E: Spatial Coding

Conditions for spatial coding in perception and memory

Bernhard Hommel , Lothar Knuf

Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich

Duration: 1996 - 2000

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The processing and storage of spatial information is a central component in the area of spatial cognition. At the forefront of this project are questions about the specific aspects of the cognitive coding of spatial information: Which spatial information is processed in certain situations? On which factors are the coding and processing of this spatial information dependent? How does processing and storage work? etc. Further questions for this project touch on the reciprocal relationship between perception and memory in the processing and recall of spatial information: For example, is the coding and storage of spatial information dependent on the processing characteristics of the perceptual system? Does the availability of spatial knowledge inversely affect the perception of stimulus order? And finally, there is the question of whether imagined or real action influences the coding of spatial information or changes stored information.

Approach: empirical investigation
Area of Research: cognitive psychology
Topics: structure of representation; memory; context; interaction with the environment; perception

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