Introduction

Everything that exists in the universe – any toy, cloud, star, car, person, stone or creature – is located somewhere in physical space. Also the womb is 3-D, our own body is 3-D, the neurological structures which connect our bodies and our senses to our minds are 3-D, and the brain itself is a 3-D structure. Thus from the very first moment of our physical, emotional and cognitive development, everything in our experience is spatial. This fundamentally 3-dimensional nature of all things must necessarily be reflected in the mind's representation of its environment and itself.

The mental mapping, representation and animation of our environment enable us to navigate and predict our world. Since our very survival depends on finding our way around and on anticipating what will come, this is obviously extremely important. Thus when our mind represents our environment and what happens within it, with sufficient accuracy we may thrive. If not, we may get lost, stuck, startled, hungry and incapable of finding a mate.  A poor simulation of reality will cause us to live in constant fear, panic and stress - if we survive at all.

Mental space psychology shows how humans live in the centre of a landscape full of imaginary constructs that a person believes are all real. The good news is: These constructs can be moved around and modified to update one's model of the world. Mental space psychology tries to provide a bridge between academic psychology and the “wild” up-to-date clinical practice. This demands  great powers of imagination. One must envision how the 3-D basis of cognition is a biological necessity with far ranging consequences.

The main question in mental space psychology is:

How can we explore, understand, and apply the 3-D character of the foundation of cognition?

“Mental Space Psychology” as an evolving discipline will progress when experimental cognitive psychologists start to merge their experience and knowledge with non-institutional “mental space” researchers, whose knowledge primarily depends on extensive and carefully reflected change work in the clinical field. The “International Laboratory for Mental Space Research” and the “Society for Mental Space Psychology” are more than willing to contribute their part to this collaboration.