Geometry, features and orientation in vertebrate animals: a pictorial review

Ken Cheng, Nora S. Newcombe

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With much pictorial support, we review research on how vertebrate animals orient in enclosed rectilinear spaces. The phenomenon of the rotational error is introduced, along with the distinction between geometric and featural information. The circumstances under which a number of species use geometric and geatural information for relocating a target place are reviewed. Other sections examine cue competition (actually lack thereof) between geometric information and landmark cues, artificial intelligence, and the neurophysiological bases udnerlying the coding of geometric information. We then examine two theoretical issues 1) how geometry is encoded and used, 2) the modularity of mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnimal spatial cognition
Subtitle of host publicationcomparative, neural and computational approaches
EditorsMichael F. Brown, Robert G Cook
Place of PublicationMedford, MA
PublisherMichael F. Brown and Robert G. Cook in cooperation with Comparative Cognition Press
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • vertebrates
  • geometrics
  • coding


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