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Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Geography

Edited by Daniel R. Montello, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
This comprehensive Handbook summarizes existing work and presents new concepts and empirical results from leading scholars in the multidisciplinary field of behavioral and cognitive geography, the study of the human mind and activity in and concerning space, place, and environment. It provides the broadest and most inclusive coverage of the field so far, including work relevant to human geography, cartography, and geographic information science.
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Publication Date: April 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78471 753 7
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This comprehensive Handbook summarizes existing work and presents new concepts and empirical results from leading scholars in the multidisciplinary field of behavioral and cognitive geography, the study of the human mind and activity in and concerning space, place, and environment. It provides the broadest and most inclusive coverage of the field so far, including work relevant to human geography, cartography, and geographic information science.

Behavioral and cognitive geography originated as a contrast to aggregate approaches to human geography that treat people as homogenous and interchangeable; to models of human activity based on simplistic and psychologically implausible assumptions; and to conceptualizations of humans as passive responders to their environment. This Handbook is highly multi- and interdisciplinary, featuring scholars from geography, geographic information science, and more than ten other academic disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, computer science, engineering, architecture and planning, anthropology, neuroscience, and more. The contributors adhere to scientific rigor in their approach, while fully engaging with issues of emotion, subjectivity, consciousness, and human variability.

Thoroughly informed by the history of geography and of the cognitive sciences but also providing guideposts for future research and application, the Handbook in an essential resource for researchers, lecturers and students in geography, psychology, and other social, behavioral, cognitive, and design sciences.
‘This book is an extremely timely and welcome synthesis of the state of knowledge in behavioral and cognitive geography. It comes at a time of rapidly growing interest, stimulated at least in part by the growth of wayfinding apps and other location-based services, and the challenge of designing useful and effective human interfaces to what is in reality highly complex technology.’
– Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara?, US
Contributors include: P. Agarwal, A.P. Boone, T.T. Brunyé, H. Burte, R.C. Dalton, C. Davies, R.M. Downs, S.I. Fabrikant, A.L. Gardony, N.A. Giudice, P. Gober, K.G. Goulias, S. Hadavi, M. Hegarty, S.C. Hirtle, C. Hölscher, T. Ishikawa, P. Jankowski, J. Krukar, C.A. Lawton, H.J. Miller, D.R. Montello, J. Portugali, M. Raubal, V.R. Schinazi, W.C. Sullivan, H.A. Taylor, T. Tenbrink, T. Thrash, P.M. Torrens, D.H. Uttal
Contents:

PART I Introduction and Background
1. Behavioral and Cognitive Geography: Introduction and Overview
Daniel R. Montello

2. History and Theoretical Perspectives of Behavioral and Cognitive Geography
Juval Portugali

PART II Spatial Behavior and Decision-Making
3. Behavioral Decision Theory in Spatial Decision-Making Models
Piotr Jankowski

4. Travel Behavior Models
Konstadinos G. Goulias

5. Time Geography
Harvey J. Miller

PART III Environmental Spatial Cognition
6. Environmental Knowledge: Cognitive Flexibility in Structures and Processes
Holly A. Taylor, Aaron L. Gardony, and Tad T. Brunyé

7. Learning the Environment: The Acquisition of Cognitive Maps
Toru Ishikawa

8. Wayfinding and Orientation: Cognitive Aspects of Human Navigation
Stephen C. Hirtle

9. Cognitive Neuroscience of Spatial and Geographic Thinking
Victor R. Schinazi and Tyler Thrash

PART IV Cognitive Aspects of Geographic Information
10. Cognitive Perspectives on Cartography and Other Geographic Information Visualizations
Daniel R. Montello, Sara Irina Fabrikant, and Clare Davies

11. Cognition and Geographic Information Technologies
Martin Raubal

12. Natural Language and Geography: The Meaning and Use of Spatial Concepts in Geographical Contexts
Thora Tenbrink

PART V Individual and Group Differences in Geographic Behavior and Cognition
13. Individual Differences in Large-Scale Spatial Abilities and Strategies
Mary Hegarty, Heather Burte, and Alexander P. Boone

14 Sex and Gender in Geographic Behavior and Cognition
Carol A. Lawton

15. Navigating without Vision: Principles of Blind Spatial Cognition
Nicholas A. Giudice

PART VI Environmental Attitudes
16. Place
Pragya Agarwal

17. Environmental Aesthetics
Sara Hadavi and William C. Sullivan

18. Environmental Risks and Hazards from a Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective
Patricia Gober

PART VII Further Disciplinary Applications of Cognitive-Behavioral Geography
19. Architectural Cognition and Behavior
Ruth Conroy Dalton, Jakub Krukar, and Christoph Hölscher

20. Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral Geography
Paul M. Torrens

21. Early Geographic Education: Cognitive Considerations
Dave Uttal

PART VIII Coda
22. The Future of Behavioral and Cognitive Geography: A Coda
Roger Downs

Index