The Geographic Perspective

The Geographic Perspective

What is the geographic perspective?


6 - 12+


Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

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Cognitive Mapping

Everyone has a different understanding of the world. When you think about a place, and see it in your mind's eye, you think of different features, and make different connections than other people would. This image is called a cognitive map. A cognitive map can either be in your brain, or it can be a representation, or drawing, of what you know about a place on paper, or a screen. Some people have much more detailed cognitive maps than others. Senator Al Frankin can draw the entire United States from memory. Can you?

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Mary Crooks, National Geographic Society
Mary Crooks, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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