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Mental maps": between memory transcription and symbolic projection

« Cartes mentales » : entre transcription mémorielle et projection symbolique

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Published on Friday, November 13, 2020 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

The notion of "mental maps" will therefore be considered according to two different meanings and uses: 1) the internal representation of a space travelled through (cognitive map) and 2) the representation of a set of entities or concepts (mind map). The terms "memory transcription" can be understood as the translation and recording on a graphic support of elements present in the mind. The terms of "symbolic projection" are conceived as the fact of externalizing by the means of signs or symbols on a graphic support, the two types of representation: the representation of a traversed space or the representation of a set of entities or concepts. The points of contact, crossover, reversal, between what could be called "representation of space" and "space of representation" are little explored. How can we better apprehend the complex notion of "mental map"? The question of memory transcription? Of the "symbolic projection"? Can we identify meeting points between these two polarities and if possible a continuum?

Announcement

The Conference, part of CORES ANR's project, will be hold on Thursday 27 & Friday 28 May 2021 at Paris 1 Sorbonne University. Depending on the course of the pandemic, the conference will be either a hybrid or an online conference. In case of a hybrid conference, it will take place as an on-site conference in Paris and at the same time as a fully digital, interactive conference with access to all scientific sessions.

Argument

The notion of "mental map" is used in a variety of contexts such as cognitive maps or heuristic maps. A first major field of study of mental maps is related to geography, spatial cognition, neurophysiology and aims at understanding how the spatial path of a subject (or a set of subjects) can give rise to memorization and internal representation. The externalization of this representation usually takes  the form of drawing, positioning in a graph, verbal or textual narratives, but it translates first and foremost as behaviours in space that can be recorded in the form of trackings.

A second field of analysis, rather oriented towards exploratory and combinatorial uses, (heuristic map, mind map) consists in organizing notions, concepts, information in the form of trees or graphs that can give rise to diagrams and flow charts. The aim is projective and for purposes of clarification and discovery or organization of data.

The notion of "mental maps" will therefore be considered according to two different meanings and uses: 1) the internal representation of a space travelled through (cognitive map) and 2) the representation of a set of entities or concepts (mind map). The terms "memory transcription" can be understood as the translation and recording on a graphic support of elements present in the mind, whether it is the memory of a space travelled through or a set of information or concepts to be arranged. The terms of "symbolic projection" are conceived as the fact of externalizing by the means of signs or symbols on a graphic support, the two types of representation which have just been evoked: the representation of a traversed space or the representation of a set of entities or concepts.

The points of contact, crossover, reversal, between what could be called in a somewhat caricatured way "representation of space" and "space of representation" are little explored. How can we better apprehend the complex notion of "mental map"? The question of memory transcription? Of the "symbolic projection"? Can we identify meeting points between these two polarities and if possible a continuum?

Keynotes speakers

Topics

  • Spatial cognition
  • Visual communication
  • Diagrams
  • Sketches
  • Visuospatial reasoning
  • Mental maps / Cognitive maps / Mind maps
  • Graphic transcription / Symbolic transcription
  • Spatial memory / graphic memory
  • Short-term memory, long-term memory, working memory in graphics
  • Short-term memory, long-term memory, working memory in space exploration
  • Dynamic memorization / Dynamic graph drawing
  • Mental externalization
  • Spatial memory reconstruction in graphic design
  • Graphics and graphic processing of information
  • Visual Thinking
  • Mental images, materiality, dynamics
  • Graphs: nodes & lines, landmarks & routes
  • Space representation / Representation of space
  • perceptual, imaginary, and conceptual spaces
  • subjective, intersubjective, and collective representations of space
  • egocentric and allocentric representations of space
  • working memory
  • spatial memory
  • drawing memory

Submission guidelines

Please send 250-word proposals (in French or English) to

fictions@fictions-et-interactions.org

by January 15, 2021

Answers : February the 26th

Scientific committee

  • Bruno Pouce, directeur de recherche, cognition spatiale
  • Teriitutea Quesno, maître de conférence, géomatique et cognition spatiale
  • Sudhir Kumar Pasala, Assistant professor, architecture and spatial cognition
  • Bernard Guelton, professeur des universités, arts et sciences de l'art

References

Archambault, D., Purchase, H., C., (2013). The “Map” in the Mental Map: Experimental Results in Dynamic Graph Drawing, Preprint in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

Arnheim, R., (1976). La pensée visuelle, Flammarion.

Bertin, J., (1977). La graphique et le traitement graphique de l’information, Flammarion.

Chang Shi-Kuo, Jungert Erland, (1996) Symbolic projection for image information retrieval and spatial reasoning.

Denis, M., (2016). Petit traité de l’espace, Mardaga.

Bresciani, S., (2019). Visual design thinking: a collaborative dimensions framework to profile visualizations, 0142-694X Design Studies 63 (2019) 92e124.

Kosslyn, S. M., Stose, S. J. (2001) Imagery versus Propositional Reasoning, Editor(s): Neil J. Smelser, Paul B. Baltes, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Pergamon.

Meilinger, T. (2008). The network of reference frames theory: A synthesis of graphs and cognitive maps. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Spatial Cognition (pp. 344-360). Springer.

Tversky, B. (2000). Some ways that maps and diagrams communicate. In Spatial Cognition II (pp. 72-79). Springer.

Tversky, B. (2003). Structures of Mental Spaces How People Think About Space. Environment and behavior, 35(1), 66-80.

Tversky, B., (2010). Visualizing Thought, Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (2011).

Tversky, B., (2020). Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought. NY: Basic Books.

Ware, C., (2004). Information visualization, Morgan Kaufmann, Elsevier.

Places

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne - 12 place du Panthéon
    Paris, France (75005)

Date(s)

  • Friday, January 15, 2021

Attached files

Keywords

  • cartes mentales, cartes cognitives, cognition spatiale, pensée visuelle, transcription mémorielle, projection symbolique

Contact(s)

  • Bernard Guelton
    courriel : fictions [dot] et [dot] interactions [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bernard Guelton
    courriel : fictions [dot] et [dot] interactions [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Bernard Guelton
    courriel : fictions [dot] et [dot] interactions [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Mental maps": between memory transcription and symbolic projection », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, November 13, 2020, https://calenda.org/815102

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