Sailing: Cognition, Action, Communication

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Sailing involves ways of thinking about space that are not normally required (or even acquired) in everyday life. Movement in this domain is based on a combination of external forces and internal (human) intentions that impose various kinds of directionality, affecting local action as well as global planning. Sailing terminology is spatial to a high extent, and involves a range of concepts that have received little attention in the spatial cognition literature. We explore the area by focusing on the core features of cognition, action, and communication, and suggest a range of promising future areas of research in this domain as a showcase of the fascinating flexibility of human spatial cognition.


  • Navigation, Planning, Embodied Cognition, Reference Frames, Communication, Concepts, Complexity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-33
JournalJournal of Spatial Information Science
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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