What contributes to a sense of place? With sensory inputs, personal attachments, and associated knowledge, ‘space’ is converted into ‘place’. A process:
- Spacial perspective and objective familiarity.
- The phenomenon of a well-known place seeming smaller.
- Sub-conscious cues of the navigation and spacial recognition centers of the brain.
- Emotional mindset’s influence on perspective.
- Senses colored by emotion.
- Prior knowledge influencing engagement.
- Prior to experience, information learned from other sources about the place or from one’s own engagement in the past with other places (by basis of pre-comparison, the grounding of one’s experience in the world as a series of experiences in space).
- Associations, a priori (2 and 3), and a posteriori (direct, current learned experience) shaping the idea and thus the engagements with a certain site, in senses both abstract and tangibly historical, and its object inhabitants. That is, both the learned and affectively influenced associations coming into engagement and resulting from engagement.
- Evaluations, formed a posteriori but perhaps influencing future a priori senses of place. The evaluations also feed current or future emotional colorations of 2, and thus there can be a feedback loops between emotion and the senses, with sensory input from the place then influencing the emotion, and so forth. Associations, ideal as related to prior knowledge or current evaluation of function, and concrete as relating to aforementioned sensory inputs from the place, then feed into 4, which in turns informs the evaluations of 5.