Space, overview

Li, Wendy (2014) Space, overview. In: Teo, Thomas, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer, New York, NY, USA, pp. 1835-1838.

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[Extract] Space attained special prominence in early modern philosophy because of its importance in the new science. Immanuel Kant, for example, discussed space and spatiality in his early works on physics and metaphysics. Kant regarded spaces as the appearance of the external relations of unitary monads (Hatfield, 2006). In psychology, the study of space can be traced back to the nineteenth century. William James (1887), in his work The Perception of Space, argued that sensations were directly experienced as spatial in nature. James, in his later reviews, considered that spatial relations were directly experienced as sensations (Farrell, 2011). Since then, the study of space perception developed rapidly. This field within psychology is concerned with how recognition of an object's physical appearance or its interactions is perceived, for example, by exploring the concepts of visual space, depth perception, movement, form, color, and their interactions. More specialized topics studied include a modal perception and object permanence. More recently, from a constructionist perspective, research in space has tended to stress upon the fundamental role of space in the construction of subjectivity and the regulation of social interaction.

Item ID: 32227
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4614-5583-7
Keywords: perception of space; spatial cognition; spatial thinking; spatial identity; time-space compression; inbetweenness
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 00:02
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health @ 100%
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