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Visuospatial coding as ubiquitous scaffolding for human cognition

Groen, IIA; Dekker, TM; Knapen, T; Silson, EH; (2021) Visuospatial coding as ubiquitous scaffolding for human cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences , 26 (12) pp. 81-96. 10.1016/j.tics.2021.10.011. Green open access

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Abstract

For more than 100 years we have known that the visual field is mapped onto the surface of visual cortex, imposing an inherently spatial reference frame on visual information processing. Recent studies highlight visuospatial coding not only throughout visual cortex, but also brain areas not typically considered visual. Such widespread access to visuospatial coding raises important questions about its role in wider cognitive functioning. Here, we synthesise these recent developments and propose that visuospatial coding scaffolds human cognition by providing a reference frame through which neural computations interface with environmental statistics and task demands via perception–action loops.

Type: Article
Title: Visuospatial coding as ubiquitous scaffolding for human cognition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2021.10.011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2021.10.011
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Visuospatial coding, retinotopic maps, visual field biases, category-selectivity, cognition, scaffolding, cortical development, computational modelling
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140574
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