ERIC Number: EJ823685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Four-Dimensional Spatial Reasoning in Humans
Aflalo, T. N.; Graziano, M. S. A.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v34 n5 p1066-1077 Oct 2008
Human subjects practiced navigation in a virtual, computer-generated maze that contained 4 spatial dimensions rather than the usual 3. The subjects were able to learn the spatial geometry of the 4-dimensional maze as measured by their ability to perform path integration, a standard test of spatial ability. They were able to travel down a winding corridor to its end and then point back accurately toward the occluded origin. One interpretation is that the brain substrate for spatial navigation is not a built-in map of the 3-dimensional world. Instead it may be better described as a set of general rules for manipulating spatial information that can be applied with practice to a diversity of spatial frameworks.
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