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date: 11 May 2021

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This chapter presents work that explores how different types of spatial information may interact for control of spatial behavior in both nonhuman animals and people. It focuses on how cues from different frames of reference (egocentric vs. geocentric) may interact, as well as how cues from the same type of frame (geometry cues vs. feature cues within a geocentric frame) may be used to direct search for a hidden goal. Although several studies suggest that mammals and insects are capable of using egocentric cues to establish a frame of reference, the research with nutcrackers has suggested that this food-storing bird is also able to use self-motion cues to accurately locate hidden food.

Keywords: spatial information, spatial behavior, frames of reference, self-motion cues, nutcrackers

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