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Cognitive Mapping Without Sight: four preliminary studies of spatial learning

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Author: Jacobson, R. D.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998


This paper illustrates the application of cognitive mapping to people with visual impairments and blindness. It gives perspectives on past research, outlines ongoing research, highlights some of the methodological and validity issues arising from this research, and discusses the movement of theory into practice. The findings of three small preliminary studies have been reported, as part of continuing research into the cognitive mapping abilities of blind or visually impaired people. These studies have highlighted the need to use multiple, mutually supportive tests to assess cognitive map knowledge. In light of these findings and the need to move theory into practice, a current research project is outlined. This project seeks to use the knowledge gained from the three projects to design and implement an auditory hypermap system to aid wayfinding and the spatial learning of an area. Finally an agenda for applied research is presented.

Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Environmental Psychology
Pages: 289-305
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Accession Number: December, 2010
Keywords: Cognitive, Vision
Reads: 172