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The psychological validity of qualitative spatial reasoning in one dimension

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Knauff,  M
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Knauff, M., Strube G, Jola C, Rauh, R., & Schlieder, C. (2004). The psychological validity of qualitative spatial reasoning in one dimension. Spatial Cognition Computation, 4(2), 167-188. doi:10.1207/s15427633scc0402_3.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-D8D5-4
Abstract
One of the central questions of spatial reasoning research is whether the underlying processes are inherently visual, spatial, or logical. We applied the dual task interference paradigm to spatial reasoning problems in one dimension, using Allen’s interval calculus, in order to make progress towards resolving this argument. Our results indicate that spatial reasoning with interval relations is largely based on the construction and inspection of qualitative spatial representations, or ‘mental models’, while no evidence for logical proofs of derivations or the involvement of visual representations and processes was found.