COGNITIVE MAPPING


"A given set of data only acquires significance when we map it onto a pattern of some kind."
(March and Steadman, p.29)

The data may be, as Sanford (p.205) says, "sensory information, the perception of events, fragments of discourse, and so on", and they are mapped onto what he calls "appropriate information in memory".

In Sanford's terms, the mapping is made onto "a whole conglomerate of information which is useful and readily and rapidly accessed. By assuming that information is organized in appropriate bundles, with the relationships between the bundles made readily accessible, the mapping process seems to be much easier to understand. The bundles are variously known as scripts, frames and schemata."



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Paul Taylor 2001