Mental Maps

This comes from National Geographic: “Mental maps are a mix of objective knowledge and subjective perceptions that are created from a person’s internalized representation of aspects on Earth’s surface. We use our experiences, knowledge, and ideas to organize spatial information to determine relative location, distance, and connections in our minds. These maps are important references for us to use while listening to the news, reading stories, planning trips, and sharing information with others.”

There are a couple of interesting articles about mapping and bias “Why Your Mental Map of the World is (Probably) Wrong.”,

“Misconceptions: Some Common Geographic Mental Misplacements…”, an Esri Storymap that illustrates the issue of misplaced continents presented in the article “Why Your Mental Map of the World is (Probably) Wrong.”