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Cognitive and behavioral geography is the study of human mind and activity concerning, space, place, and environment, including their symbolic representation as information in words, images, and other formats. This approach relates to many subfields of human geography, cartography, and geographic information science (GIScience). It is also fundamentally multi-and interdisciplinary, connecting primarily to various subfields of research psychology and information science, but also to economics, transportation, linguistics, anthropology, artificial intelligence, architecture and planning, neuroscience, and more. Cognitive and behavioral geography (1) models human thought and activity based on psychologically plausible assumptions; (2) highlights the role of people’s mental models of reality as a basis for their geographic activity; (3) applies disaggregate approaches that treat individuals and groups as potentially distinct and heterogeneous; and (4) conceptualizes humans as active responders to culture, social institutions, economic forces, and the physical environment.

 Affiliated Faculty

Dynamic microsimulation, travel behavior analysis, activity-based travel demand forecasting, behavioral dynamics, human survey design, smart green cities.
Broadly speaking, Janowicz's research interests are at the intersection of geographic information science, data science, behavioral geography, and cognitive science.
Geographic Information Science, usability, semantics of spatial information, ontology of the environment, linked data, semantic reference systems.
Professor Montello’s research is in the areas of spatial, environmental, and geographic perception, cognition, affect, and behavior.