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McNamara, T. P. (1986) Mental representations of spatial relations. Cognitive Psychology 18. 87--121.

  author = 	 {Timothy P. McNamara},
  title = 	 {Mental representations of spatial relations},
  journal = 	 {Cognitive Psychology},
  year = 	 {1986},
  OPTvolume = 	 {18},
  OPTpages = 	 {87--121},

Author of the summary: Jim Davies, 2001, jim@jimdavies.org

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Ways to distinguish spatial representations: [88] This paper focuses on structure and content. [89]

Hierarchical theories: Increasingly more detailed info at lower levels. You can zoom in. Partially hierarchical theories have a hierarchy but can have connections crossing superordinates. [90]

As in Tolman (1948), who coined "cognitive map," it's not necessarily a map, but any mental representation of spatial knowledge. [91]

McNamara et al (1984): Ss recognizsed target cities faster when it was primed by a city close in route distance, even controlling for euclidean distance. [93]

Assumptions: [95]

Result of experiments: locations in the same regions prime each other more than those in different regions, controlling for distance.[107] Stevens and Coupe (1978): Priming occurs across region boundaries, meaning there is some cross-superordinate priming.

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