Humans seize a variety of navigation and orientation abilities, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. All of us must move from one place to another, following customary routes and avoiding getting lost.
While there is still much more to discover about how the brain underlies our capability to navigate, neuroscience and psychology have begun to converge on some important answers.
In Human Spatial Navigation, four leading experts — Arne D. Ekstrom, Hugo J. Spiers, Véronique D. Bohbot & R. Shayna Rosenbaum — tackle basic and unique issues to produce the first book-length investigation into this subject, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.
Opening with the brilliant story of Puluwat sailors who steer in the open ocean with no mechanical aids, the authors begin by dissecting the behavioral basis of human spatial navigation. They then focus on its neural basis, describing neural recordings, brain imaging experiments, and patient studies.
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