Department of Psychology and Cognition Research
Markus Knauff is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies in August and September 2013. At Giessen University in Germany, he is a Chair of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science. His research is focused on the role of visualization and mental imagery in thinking, reasoning, and problem solving using behavioral experiments, functional neuro-imaging, and computational modeling. His research interests are how people revise existing beliefs in the face of contradicting evidence and the area of spatial cognition research, i.e., how humans acquire, represent, alter, and use spatial information about real and virtual environments. Knauff is the author of more than 100 publications and currently a member of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society. He is currently collaborating with Mary Hegarty (Psychology) and Daniel Montello (Geography).
Knauff’s most recent publications include: Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought (2013, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press); Spatial Belief Revision (2013, with L. Bucher, A. Krumnack, and J. Nejasmic, Journal of Cognitive Psychology 25: 147–156); A theory and a Computational Model of Spatial Reasoning with Preferred Mental Models (2013, with M. Ragni, Psychological Review 120: 561–588).