Changing the way we think about the human mind
How do we think about the human mind? What happens in our brain? Is it possible that the complex neural machinery that mammals evolved to navigate space has been recycled to ‘navigate’ declarative knowledge? Studies have shown that declarative knowledge is spatially organised and can be stored, retrieved and manipulated through the same computations used to represent and navigate physical space. The EU-funded NOAM project will use cutting-edge neuroimaging and analysis techniques to test the relationships between spatial and conceptual navigation. It will check whether people who navigate space in a different way (congenitally blind individuals) also navigate concepts in a different way. The next step will be to explore how low-dimensional cognitive maps interact with multidimensional semantic information.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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