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Spatial Representations and Frames of Reference: Theoretical Foundations

Michael McCloskey

in Visual Reflections

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195168693
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168693.003.0012

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 							Spatial Representations and Frames of Reference: Theoretical Foundations

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This chapter discusses the frame-of-reference concept, arguing that this concept has been the subject of considerable confusion in cognitive and neuroscientific research on spatial representation. In particular, it argues that two distinct questions about frames of reference in the brain have been massively conflated and that the dominant empirical method for probing reference frames speaks to only one of these questions. Finally, it suggests that both questions can be addressed empirically.

Keywords: frame-of-reference concept; spatial representation; orientation; spatial location; reference frames

Chapter.  5328 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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