Application For Spatial Cognitive Models Essay

1527 Words Dec 13th, 2015 7 Pages
One application for spatial cognitive models is navigation. Spatial navigation models can be classified in two classes which are low-level biologically inspired models by neural machinery and high-level descriptive models based on egocentric and allocentric spatial encoding strategies (Manning et.al, 2014). However, these models all lost the prediction and explanation about the users’ navigation behavior. In 2014, Manning provided a cognitive map-based model of human wayfinding named MAGELLAN, tried to fill the blank of the research on cognitive map modeling.
The experiment of Manning and his colleagues study based on a hypothesis that “human navigation and rodent navigation may rely on similar allocentric representations of navigated environments” (Manning et.al, 2014, p. 1314). MAGELLAN model “which assumes that spatial information is stored and retrieved form an allocentric cognitive map” (Manning et.al, 2014, p. 1314), has three modules which are vision module, cognitive map module and route generation module. This model have great advantages of distinguishing human navigation behaviors and random walks by using three modules above and two parameters: V( vision parameter), M (memory parameter). “MAGELLAN explicitly estimates the moment-by-moment states of a navigator’s cognitive map based on what the navigator has seen and done and predicts the future path a navigator will take toward a target given the spatial structure of the environment and the body of spatial…

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