iv role of different spatial reference systems for spatial behaviors of animals and humans has attracted much attention. In the animal literature there is a large amount of research ingeniously identifying the spatial reference system a particular organism is using to keep track of its spatial environment. Research ranging from the navigational capabilities of desert ants and bees to the migratory behavior of birds and aquatic animals has provided many insights in which spatial reference systems are used (see Wehner, Lehrer and Harvey 1996, for an overview). With respect to spatially oriented behaviors in humans, one obvious question concerns the integration of different refer- ence systems in sensory perception and motor action. In addition, the role of spatial reference systems in human spatial memory and spatially directed actions has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Since Piaget, refer- ence systems and perspective taking have consistently been important topics in developmental psychology (e.g., Newcombe and Huttenlocher 2000) and have become important foci of investigations of normal adult spatial memory and spatially oriented behavior (e.g., Shelton and McNamara, submitted). Neurophysiological and neuropsychological studies further investigate the neural basis of spatial reference systems, how spatial information is processed in the brain, and
Spatial Cognition and Computation – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 30, 2004
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