Monday, February 15, 2016

Synthesized Model of Geospatial Thinking

Geospatial thinking is fundamental to the human geography construct. Therefore, we must understand the importance of connecting the human mind to how we perceive geography.

The main purpose of this article is to propose a model of geospatial thinking that will generate testable hypotheses and represent our current understanding of the relationship between geospatial thinking skills. The model must illustrate a collective understanding of geospatial thinking and the relationship between these individual skills as well as representing a more general approach to investigating geospatial thinking.

By studying how the brain understands space and time, we can gather evidence to create a visualization of this theoretical construct. By studying geospatial thinking, not on just a neuroimaging level, but on a multipronged approach we can determine how people think about space. The synthesized model of geospatial thinking presented in this article is conceptual but is developed based on ideas and research conducted by others.

Lobben, A., & Lawrence, M. (2015). Synthesized Model of Geospatial Thinking. The Professional Geographer67(3), 307-318.


  1. I would be interested to know some of the ways that we would study individuals' thoughts on space and time. What is the multi pronged approach this article talks about?

  2. This seems interesting, but I would like to know more on what geospacial thinking actually is. How did the doctors (?) create this model? Do you think there are any other ways we can use GIS applications to further study geospacial thinking in the future?