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Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001

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Space for the Brain in Cognitive Science

Space for the Brain in Cognitive Science

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(p.61) 4 Space for the Brain in Cognitive Science
Source:
Cognitive Biology
Author(s):

Neil Burgess

Christian F. Doeller

Chris M. Bird

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.003.0063

This chapter argues that advances in cognitive neuroscience provide valuable insights into the organization of spatial cognition. It considers a number of current controversies in spatial cognition, particularly, the existence of egocentric and allocentric representations. The chapter also examines distinct neural systems for specific types of spatial information and then describes head-direction cells, patterns of place cell firing, and the dorsal striatum and its location relative to local landmarks. Finally, the chapter investigates the neural bases of landmark and boundary processing in spatial memory.

Keywords:   cognitive neuroscience, spatial cognition, egocentric representations, allocentric representations, spatial information, head-direction cells, place cell firing, striatum, spatial memory

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