Cyberspatial cognition and individual access to information: The behavioral foundation of cybergeography

M. P. Kwan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In this paper I will examine individual access to information on the Internet through a cognitive-behavioral perspective. I argue that the objective structure of information resources in cyberspace is not helpful for understanding the experience of individual accessibility in cyberspace. Instead, cyberspatial cognition is crucial in constituting the effective cyber-environment and shaping human cyberspatial behavior. I propose a behavioral model of cyber-accessibility and examine how notions underlying conventional accessibility measures such as impedance and opportunity set can be extended for measuring individual cyber-accessibility. I argue that theories about spatial learning, cognitive mapping, and decisionmaking behavior are helpful for understanding individual cyberspatial behavior. This suggests that behavioral theories and models may provide a theoretical foundation for cybergeography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


Dive into the research topics of 'Cyberspatial cognition and individual access to information: The behavioral foundation of cybergeography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this