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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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Where Is the “Spatial” Hemisphere?

Where Is the “Spatial” Hemisphere?

(p.39) 3 Where Is the “Spatial” Hemisphere?
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind

Stephen M. Kosslyn

The MIT Press

The human brain represents spatial information in different ways, and there are some specific ways through which each hemisphere deals with spatial information. This chapter explores how the brain uses two distinct types of spatial representations—categorical and coordinate spatial representations—and further discusses how they are lateralized differently in the brain. It reveals that the left hemisphere encodes and processes categorical spatial relations effectively, whereas the right encodes and processes coordinate spatial relations. The author also states that either type of spatial relation representation can be used to construct mental images.

Keywords:   brain, spatial representations, hemispheres, left hemisphere, right hemisphere, mental images

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