Human spatial representation: insights from animals.

  title={Human spatial representation: insights from animals.},
  author={Ranxiao Frances Wang and Elizabeth S. Spelke},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  volume={6 9},
HUMAN NAVIGATION IS SPECIAL: we use geographic maps to capture a world far beyond our unaided locomotion. In consequence, human navigation is widely thought to depend on internalized versions of these maps - enduring, geocentric 'cognitive maps' capturing diverse information about the environment. Contrary to this view, we argue that human navigation is best studied in relation to research on navigating animals as humble as ants. This research provides evidence that animals, including humans… CONTINUE READING
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