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date: 15 May 2021

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Spatial cognition—how humans acquire and utilize knowledge about spatial environments—plays a significant role in everyday life. Yet many details about its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. This chapter provides an overview of the central questions in the spatial cognition literature. It focuses on four debates: the number, form, and organization of spatial representations and the mechanisms that drive spatial development. By integrating behavioral, neurological, and computational research, the authors show some of the proposed answers to these questions while clarifying the inconsistencies and limitations that can still be addressed by future research.

Keywords: spatial cognition, learning, imagery, spatial development, spatial representations

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