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Cognitive VariationsReflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind$
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Geoffrey Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.001.0001

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Spatial Cognition

Spatial Cognition

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(p.23) 2 Spatial Cognition
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Cognitive Variations
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G. E. R. Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.003.0003

This chapter discusses spatial cognition in humans. It examines the study by Levinson (2003) which identified diversities in human spatial cognition. It compares the findings on spatial cognition with the earlier findings concerning colour, between different human subjects and whole communities. It argues that in terms of physiological and neurological input, there are both commonalities and differences between different human subjects. As to what there is to cognize, the universal elements in the colour cognition case include the physics of the wavelengths of light and in the spatial cognition one, the directionality of gravitational forces — on earth at least — and aspects of the physics and geometry of volumes and shapes.

Keywords:   spatial cognition, human brain, psychic unity, colour cognition, culture, language

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