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Straight after the turn: the role of the parietal lobes in egocentric space processing

Seubert, J. and Humphreys, G.W. and Muller, Hermann J. and Gramann, K. (2008) Straight after the turn: the role of the parietal lobes in egocentric space processing. Neurocase 14 (2), pp. 204-219. ISSN 1355-4794.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13554790802108398

Abstract

Spatial information processing with respect to an egocentric reference frame has been shown to recruit a fronto-parietal network along the dorsal stream. The present study investigates how brain lesions in the relevant areas affect the ability to navigate through computer-simulated tunnels shown from a first person perspective. Our results suggest that parietal, but not frontal, patients are impaired in this task. They confused the direction of tunnel turns more frequently and made less accurate judgments about the location of the end position. Errors in map drawing suggest that the impairment may be linked to deficits in updating cognitive heading in the absence of corresponding perceptual information from the virtual environment.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Virtual environment, spatial navigation, spatial processing, visual flow, parietal lobe
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 12:00
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2522

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