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  • Cognitive functions in which the brain records and stores the spatial relations of a location. Cognitive maps should not be confused with cartographic maps, as cognitive maps are not always synonymous with the actual geographic features of a space. Cognitive maps represent a human's interpretation of his or her everyday physical environment and, therefore, rely primarily on an individual's perception and memory. In this way, cognitive mapping is subjective rather than objective in nature and is used to help an individual determine spatial relationships.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n1588

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