Spatial Cognitive Mapping of the Yangtze River Mid-Reaches Megaregion, China

Authors: Chong Shan*, East China Normal University, Dan He, East China Normal University, Panpan Zhang, East China Normal University, Yui-yip Lau, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Xiaobing Chen, East China Normal University, Peng Gao, East China Normal University
Topics: China, Regional Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: cognitive map, spatial scope, geographical distortion, qualitative GIS, Yangtze River Mid-Reaches Megaregion
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Distortions exist between the actual administrative scope of the Yangtze River Mid-Reaches Megaregion in Central China and its scope in the public mind. In this study, undergraduates in YRMM cities created structured hand-drawn maps and completed questionnaires as basic data to create cognitive maps of the region. Compared with the official map issued by the central government, area distortion index (ADI) and center distortion index (CDI) were measured and illustrated to assess the distortions. Then, a binary logistic regression model was applied to explore how individual socioeconomic attributes influence the level of distortion. The study found that the cognitive maps of the undergraduates are generally “Wuhan-centered”; ADI and CDI show that the degree of distortion in Nanchang respondents is higher than in Wuhan or Changsha. Moreover, respondents who were male, living in an urban area, majoring in geography, or had longer residence time had significantly less distortion. To a certain extent, differences in the public’s spatial cognition and its determining factors will affect policy preferences for megaregion development. This study can provide a new reference for the construction of megaregions and the formulation of urban policies.

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