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Spatial Cognition The Structure and Development of Mental Representations of Spatial Relations

By D. R. Olson, E. Bialystok Copyright 1983
    292 Pages
    by Psychology Press

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    First published in 1983. This is a volume in a series on Child Psychology. This book offers a set of theoretical ideas which make up a quite general theory of the mental representation of space which accounts both for much of spatial perception but also much of spatial thought. The system is general and economical and can be readily applied to novel problems as we illustrated in regard to Piaget’s water level problem and Koler’s letter recognition problem.

    Preface, 1. Spatial Aspects of the Mental Representation of Objects and Events, 2. On the Formation of Structural Descriptions and Meanings for Objects and Events, 3. Representations of Spatial Form, 4. The Development of Spatial Cognition, 5. Aspects of the Development of the Spatial Lexicon, 6. The Development of Strategies for Solving the Perspective Task, 7. The Development of Strategies for Coordinating Spatial Perspectives of an Array, 8. On the Representations and Operations Involved in Spatial Transformations, 9. The Education of Spatial Transformations, 10. On Children’s Mental Representation of Oblique Orientation, 11. On the Mental Representation of Oblique Orientation in Adults, 12. Explaining Spatial Cognition: A Theory of Spatial Representation, References, Author Index, Subject Index


    David R. Oslon The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Ellen Bialystok York University