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- Describe the differences between real phenomena, conceptual models, and GIS data representations thereof
- Explain the role of metaphors and image schema in our understanding of geographic phenomena and geographic tasks
- Compare and contrast the symbolic and connectionist theories of human cognition and memory and their ability to model various cases
- Compare and contrast theories of spatial knowledge acquisition (e.g., Marr on vision, Piaget on childhood, Golledge on wayfinding)
- Explore the contribution of linguistics to the study of spatial cognition and the role of natural language in the conceptualization of geographic phenomena