Cognitive mapping: perception and knowledge

The term “mapping” can be seen as the process of engaging with a place. Many artists who need to understand the context of a place will map their interpretation of the environment, which may mean assembling a set of information that provides the basis for a piece of artistic work.

A method called cognitive mapping was used by American psychologist Edward Tolman (1886–1959) to analyze the behavior of rats in a maze. He had observed that behavior is learned through trial and error. Maps are used to illustrate behavior. Mind maps are diagrams used to describe ideas and can assist with problem-solving and decision-making. They are an abstract map of a situation. The information is arranged according to ...

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