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Conceptualizing Landscapes

A Comparative Study of Landscape Categories with Navajo and English-Speaking Participants

Authors: Alexander Klippel, David Mark, Jan Oliver Wallgrün, David Stea

Published in: Spatial Information Theory

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Understanding human concepts, spatial and other, is not only one of the most prominent topics in the cognitive and spatial sciences; it is also one of the most challenging. While it is possible to focus on specific aspects of our spatial environment and abstract away complexities for experimental purposes, it is important to understand how cognition in the wild or at least with complex stimuli works, too. The research presented in this paper addresses emerging topics in the area of landscape conceptualization and explicitly uses a diversity fostering approach to uncover potentials, challenges, complexities, and patterns in human landscape concepts. Based on a representation of different landscapes (images) responses from two different populations were elicited: Navajo and the (US) crowd. Our data provides support for the idea of conceptual pluralism; we can confirm that participant responses are far from random and that, also diverse, patterns exist that allow for advancing our understanding of human spatial cognition with complex stimuli.

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Metadata
Title
Conceptualizing Landscapes
Authors
Alexander Klippel
David Mark
Jan Oliver Wallgrün
David Stea
Copyright Year
2015
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23374-1_13

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