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Why People Get LostThe Psychology and Neuroscience of Spatial Cognition$
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Paul Dudchenko

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210862.001.0001

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Contemporary studies of spatial cognition

Contemporary studies of spatial cognition

(p.31) Chapter 3 Contemporary studies of spatial cognition
Why People Get Lost

Paul A. Dudchenko

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes many of the current tasks used to test spatial learning and memory. It considers both the tasks and the spatial processing underlying their performance. The tasks include the radial arm maze, the T-maze, the Morris water maze, the Barnes maze, and landmark-based navigation in an open field. The chapter reviews evidence for homing by path integration and the results of attempts to manipulate path integration. It then reviews the evidence for the use of the shape of the environment as a means of re-orienting. The chapter closes with an attempt to relate the findings from this experimental work to real-world navigation.

Keywords:   radial arm maze, water maze, T-maze, path integration, geometric module

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