Functional neuroanatomy of spatial perception, spatial processes and attention

Gabriella Bottini, Eraldo Paulesu, Martina Gandola, Paola Invernizzi

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Empirical data from experimental psychology, primate neurophysiology, and neuropsychological observations of brain damaged patients are the primary generators of experimental hypotheses for functional neuroimaging experiments in spatial neurocognition: the way in which space is mapped from early sensory codes (e.g., retinotopic maps, somatotopic maps) through transformation to higher-order coordinates. This chapter discusses the multicomponent nature of space representation and the existence of several spatial frames (e.g., far as opposed to near space); the distinction between object- and space-based visual cognition; the relationship between space and motion cognition; and the modulation of spatial representation and perception through attentional mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191594250, 9780199234110
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2010


  • Attentional mechanisms
  • Motor cognition
  • Space cognition
  • Space representation
  • Spatial neural representation
  • Visual cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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