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  Reasoning about consistency with spatial mental models: Hidden and obvious indeterminacy in spatial descriptions

Jahn, G., Johnson-Laird, P., & Knauff, M. (2005). Reasoning about consistency with spatial mental models: Hidden and obvious indeterminacy in spatial descriptions. In C. Freksa, M. Knauff, B. Krieg-Brückner, B. Nebel, & T. Barkovsky (Eds.), Spatial Cognition IV: Reasoning, Action, Interaction: International Conference Spatial Cognition 2004, Frauenchiemsee, Germany, October 11-13, 2004 (pp. 165-180). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

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Jahn, G1, 2, Author           
Johnson-Laird, PN, Author
Knauff, M1, 2, Author           
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2biological cy, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: The assessment of whether a statement is consistent with what has gone before is ubiquitous in discourse comprehension. One theory of the process is that individuals search for a mental model of a situation in which all the statements in the discourse are true. In the case of spatial descriptions, individuals should prefer to construct models, which retain the information in the description. Hence, they should use strategies that retain information in an efficient way. If the descriptions are consistent with multiple models then they are likely to run into difficulties. We report some preliminary results of experiments in which the participants judged the consistency of spatial descriptions. The participants made more errors when later assertions in the description conflicted with the preferred models of earlier assertions.

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 Dates: 2005-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-32255-9_10
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Title: International Conference Spatial Cognition 2004 (SC 2004)
Place of Event: Frauenchiemsee, Germany
Start-/End Date: 2004-12-13 - 2004-12-16

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Title: Spatial Cognition IV: Reasoning, Action, Interaction: International Conference Spatial Cognition 2004, Frauenchiemsee, Germany, October 11-13, 2004
Source Genre: Proceedings
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Freksa, C, Editor
Knauff, M1, Editor           
Krieg-Brückner, B, Editor
Nebel, B, Editor
Barkovsky, T, Editor
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1 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497794            
Publ. Info: Berlin, Germany : Springer
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 165 - 180 Identifier: ISBN: 3-540-25048-4

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Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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