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This chapter begins by reviewing the literature that addresses 2 questions: What is the information provided for perceiving spatial relationships and how is this information combined by the perceptual system? The authors then address a third question: Do people perceive spatial layout accurately? The answer to this question depends upon the criteria used to define accuracy. Certainly, people act in the environment as if they represent its spatial relationships accurately; however, effective action can often be achieved without this accurate representation. This issue is developed and discussed throughout this chapter.