Is there a geometric module for spatial orientation? Squaring theory and evidence.

  title={Is there a geometric module for spatial orientation? Squaring theory and evidence.},
  author={Ken Cheng and Nora S. Newcombe},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={12 1},
There is evidence, beginning with Cheng (1986), that mobile animals may use the geometry of surrounding areas to reorient following disorientation. Gallistel (1990) proposed that geometry is used to compute the major or minor axes of space and suggested that such information might form an encapsulated cognitive module. Research reviewed here, conducted on a wide variety of species since the initial discovery of the use of geometry and the formulation of the modularity claim, has supported some… CONTINUE READING
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