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Spatial cognition

Spatial cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, utilization, and revision of knowledge about spatial environments. These capabilities enable humans to manage basic and high-level cognitive tasks in everyday life. Numerous disciplines (such as Psychology, Geographic Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cartography, etc.) work together to understand spatial cognition in humans and in technical systems. Spatial cognition studies have helped to link cognitive psychology and neuroscience together. Scientists in both fields work together to figure out what role spatial cognition plays in the brain as well as the neurobiological infrastructure that surrounds it. It has been found that neurological and neuropsychological problems are linked to a difference in spatial behavior.

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A video by the University of Notre Dame speculation on how people become lost in buildings. I just walk around and follow Exit signs. I'll find my way out eventually. However, knowing how spatial cognition for buildings works could help build memories of how to get back out in a more efficient and less panicked manner.

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