Cognitive space

Cognitive space

Cognitive space uses the analogy of location in two, three or higher dimensional space to describe and categorize thoughts, memories and ideas. Each individual has his/her cognitive space, resulting in a unique categorization of their ideas. The dimensions of this cognitive space depend on information, training and finally on a person's awareness. All this depends globally on the cultural setting.

The relationship between cognitive space and language has been investigated by Izchak Schlesinger (ISBN 978-0-521-43436-2). He argues that case categories are in fact composed of more primitive cognitive notions.

Gregory Newby argues that memory for information systems will have to share the same geometry as the users cognitive space, especially if exosomatic memory systems are to be realized.

D. Meadows, E. Edwards, H. Benking and others have attempted to map in two or three dimensions various cognitive spaces. They try to place human perspectives within the global ecosystem and bridge real, ideal, and virtual spaces or "realities" "along and across concrete scales". See also work on double augmented, merged and morphed realities, K. Veltman, H. Benking.

Peter Peverelli introduced the term cognitive space in his monograph of the same title. Peverelli's organization theory draws heavily on the Theory of Social Integration as stated by H.J. van Dongen and on Weick's theory of reducing equivocality in processes of social interaction. As such it is an elaboration on these theories by adding the notion of cognitive space, which is borrowed from Gilles Fauconnier's model of Mental Space, and by elaborating on concepts like social-cognitive configuration and multiple inclusion. A cognitive space consists of two elements: the social element, the actors involved and the cognitive element, they share cognitive matter (shared views, symbols, common language use, common ways-to-do-things, etc.). Actors are included in numerous spaces simultaneously and during social interaction in one space, they can access cognitive matter from other inclusions. This enriches the cognitive element of a space and can even give birth to new cognitive spaces.

Cognitive spaces can be understood as "workspaces of the mind" (Baars 1998). The above cognitive spaces forming a cognitive panorama (Benking 1994) were described as "externally related" - maybe call it "out-bound" workspaces of the mind by Stanley Krippner, Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, or as above "exo-somatic".


* Benking, H. Cognitive Panorama []
* International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics, Cognitive Spaces []
* Peverelli, P.J. (2000), [ Cognitive Space - A social cognitive approach to Sino-Western cooperation] , Delft: Eburon
* Peverelli, P, 2004, Creating Corporate Space - In Search of Chinese Corporate Identity, Research Memorandum 2004-20, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
* Peverelli, P, 2004, Crying over Spilt Milk - a cause map analysis of the milk dumping incident in the Shijiazhuang region, Workshop proceedings Modern Dairy Production and Research with experiences from Sino-Dutch Collaboration, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China.
* Peverelli, P.J. (2005) Chinese Corporate Identity, London: Routledge.
* Peverelli, P.J. (2006) Negotiating Space, in: L. Douw & K.B. Chan ed., Conflict and Change: An Emergent Transnational Management Culture in China, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).

ee also

* Cognitive map
* Cognitive Model
* Cognition
* Thought

External links

* [ Definitions in Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics of Cognitive Spaces and the combination of Spaces] into a Cognitive Panorama
* David Bohm Dialogues on Workplaces of Mind:

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