Understanding and Representing Space: Theory and Evidence from Studies with Blind and Sighted…

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

bySusanna Millar

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This book breaks new ground in our understanding of how we perceive and represent the space around us - one of the central topics in cognitive psychology. It presents a new view of development and spatial cognition by reversing the usual focus on vision and examining the evidence onrepresentation in the total absence of vision without specific brain damage. Findings from the author's work with congenitally totally blind and with sighted children, together with studies from a wide variety of other areas, are set in the context of intersensory and spatial development. Touch and movement are considered as converging sources of reference information withand without vision. The findings have important implications for future work in many fields, particularly developmental pscychology; cognition, cognitive neuroscience and visual handicap, and make this new work essential reading for students and researchers in these fields.

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This book breaks new ground in our understanding of how we perceive and represent the space around us - one of the central topics in cognitive psychology. It presents a new view of development and spatial cognition by reversing the usual focus on vision and examining the evidence onrepresentation in the total absence of vision without...

Susanna Millar is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198521421

ISBN - 13:9780198521426

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Table of Contents

Introduction: questions and terms1. Modality and cognition in developmental theories and evidence2. The modalities as convergent sources of spatial information3. Neuropsychological evidence on convergence4. Shape coding by vision and touch5. Spatial coding: studies in small-scale space6. Information and understanding large-scale space7. Non-verbal representation: images, drawings, maps, and memory8. Some practical implications9. A theory of spatial understanding and development

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`'...The book has many attractive ingredients. It is concerned with important theoretical issues. It draws upon an extensive and varied literature...It really is quite rare to encounter work which maintains a clear focus on such significant representational issues while, at the same time,attempting to apply the ideas directly, in this case to the techniques which might be used to compensate for the absence of sight...the wealth of data which the book provides is sufficient to make it valuable to its target audeince of psychologists, researchers in spatial representation, specialistsworking with the blind and the merely curious.''Rob Ellis, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Plymouth