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cognitive map

noun

medical Definition of cognitive map

: a representation formed in the mind of one's spatial environment
  • Ms. Roseman cannot form cognitive maps—the brain's way of representing spatial relationships. She has no inner compass.
  • —Michelle CoomberThe New York Times30 Apr. 2013
  • The rats seem to develop a cognitive map, a mental representation of the maze.
  • —David G. MyersPsychology2001

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