Jacobson, R.D. (2010) Non-Visual Geographies In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography, Sage: London.
The construction, interpretation, and meaning of non-visual landscapes explores the role of sensory and perceptual modes other than vision in the construction of geographic space. It positions itself at the boundary between social theory and behavioral geography by examining the ways in which non-visual modes of information acquisition and processing reflect geographic environments and in turn shape those same places by structuring the subjective understanding and behavior of people and their symbolic understanding of space. This understanding and representation of geographic space, occurs from several diverse conceptual perspectives, including behavioral geography and post-structuralism. At the individual level we gather
information in an environment, from all our senses other than vision: including hearing, smell, taste, and touch including kinesthesia (muscle memory). Our spatial behaviour is informed by these other sense modalities facilitating an understanding of space and place.
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Jacobson, R. D. (2006) Behavioral Geography. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Sage: London. pp 17-18. Invited
Behavioral geography investigates human action in geographic space as mediated through the cognitive processing of environmental information. Its emphasis is upon spatial behavior and the psychology that lies beneath it at an individual level. Behavioral geography deals with the environment defined by human behavior, with people central and integral to every problem. Its major focus has been upon the relations between a multi-dimensional environment and the multi-faceted process of human action, mediated through perception and cognition as active processes of learning about places, with the mind mediating between the environment and behavior in it.