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The Emerging Spatial Mind$
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Jodie M. Plumert and John P. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189223.001.0001

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Explaining the Development of Spatial Reorientation

Explaining the Development of Spatial Reorientation

Modularity-Plus-Language versus the Emergence of Adaptive Combination

(p.53) 3 Explaining the Development of Spatial Reorientation
The Emerging Spatial Mind

Nora S. Newcombe

Kristin R. Ratliff

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the two views of the development of spatial reorientation — modularity-plus-language and adaptive combination — concentrating particularly on the issue that most clearly demarcates them: modularity. It begins with the discussion on what is meant by the term “module”. It is a term in very widespread use, but different people mean quite different things by it. Then, it describes in greater detail the evidence favoring the geometric module hypothesis and the further hypothesis that it can be augmented by spatial language. Moreover, the reasons to doubt the modularity-plus-language view are addressed. Finally, it considers how an adaptive combination approach would describe the known phenomena, what predictions it would make, and how it would address potential criticisms.

Keywords:   spatial reorientation, modularity-plus-language, adaptive combination, spatial development, spatial language

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