Interpretative Framework and Memory for Map Features
Authors: Kulhavy, Raymond W.; Schwartz, Neil H.; Shaha, Steven H.
Source: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Volume 9, Number 2, October 1982 , pp. 141-147(7)
Abstract:In two experiments, college students studied a reference map that was varied in both grid structure and the conceptual similarity of its features. In Experiment I, subjects who studied the map with a grid remembered fewer features than did their no-grid counterparts, but were able accurately to locate more of the features that they did recall. In Experiment II, subjects who saw features in a conceptual sequence were more likely to use the same sequence to organize their recall, but the sequence of feature presentation had no significant effect on the spatial accuracy with which map elements were remembered. The results support an encoding priority model in which the interpretative framework of a map is used as a structural schema for storing locational information about features.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1982-10-01
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