The proposal that humans can develop cognitive maps of their environment has a long and controversial history. This talk will give a high-level overview of recent advances in understanding how we navigate at the behavioral and neural levels of analysis, from a wide variety of human as well as non-human species, studied from infancy through aging. We will also examine development of individual differences. For example, children of 3 to 8 years show progressive increases in their proficiency at combining sources of information. By around 12 years, they show adult-level performance on cognitive mapping tasks requiring the integration of vista views of space into environmental space, but also show large individual differences in accuracy. Finally, we will discuss the relevance of this body of knowledge for geography educators, and present data on the effect of GIS experience on spatial thinking.
|Discussant||Nora Newcombe Temple University||100|
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