Spatial Description

Spatial cognition is the ability to observe and understand one’s environment. This ability is prevalent in all species, but humans differ in their ability to use language to express “spatial experience”. Humans use descriptive language and geometric properties to explain how the “geometric richness” of objects and places differ. For example, when an object is specifically named, many geometric properties are given in detail, such as axis, volume, and surface. However, when the object is used simply as a reference to describe a location, only directional properties are represented. “The language of objects and places converges with and enriches understanding of corresponding spatial representations.”