Movement, cognition and the city

Juval Portugali, Hermann Haken

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Movement is among the most dominant activities we execute in the city. But how do we fi nd our way when we move? The answer - by means of two cognitive constructs: cognitive maps and memorized images of the city. And how do we construct these two cognitive constructs? The answer - by means of movement: as we move in a city, our mind/brain constructs a cognitive map and images of the city. But how? The answer suggested in this paper is: by means of an on-going interaction between external and internal representations - a process captured by the notion of SIRN (synergetic inter-representation networks), and by adapting the incoming information to previously constructed information - a process captured by the notion of IA (information adaptation). By means of a conjunction between SIRN and IA we shed light on two forms of movement - exploratory and routinized - and their role in constructing cognitive maps and images of cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-161
Number of pages26
JournalBuilt Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018


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