The Resource Making space : how the brain knows where things are, Jennifer M. Groh

Making space : how the brain knows where things are, Jennifer M. Groh

Label
Making space : how the brain knows where things are
Title
Making space
Title remainder
how the brain knows where things are
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer M. Groh
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Knowing where things are seems effortless. Yet our brains devote tremendous computational power to figuring out the simplest details about spatial relationships. Going to the grocery store or finding our cell phone requires sleuthing and coordination across different sensory and motor domains. Making Space traces this mental detective work to explain how the brain creates our sense of location. But it goes further, to make the case that spatial processing permeates all our cognitive abilities, and that the brain's systems for thinking about space may be the systems of thought itself. Our senses measure energy in the form of light, sound, and pressure on the skin, and our brains evaluate these measurements to make inferences about objects and boundaries. Jennifer Groh describes how eyes detect electromagnetic radiation, how the brain can locate sounds by measuring differences of less than one one-thousandth of a second in how long they take to reach each ear, and how the ear's balance organs help us monitor body posture and movement. The brain synthesizes all this neural information so that we can navigate three-dimensional space. But the brain's work doesn't end there. Spatial representations do double duty in aiding memory and reasoning. This is why it is harder to remember how to get somewhere if someone else is driving, and why, if we set out to do something and forget what it was, returning to the place we started can jog our memory. In making space the brain uses powers we did not know we have." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Groh, Jennifer M.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QP491
LC item number
.G76 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WW 105
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Space perception
  • Spatial behavior
  • Cognition
  • Cognition
  • Space perception
  • Spatial behavior
  • Space Perception
  • Cognition
  • Spatial Behavior
  • Visual Perception
Label
Making space : how the brain knows where things are, Jennifer M. Groh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking about Space -- The Ways of Light -- Sensing Our Own Shape -- Brain Maps and Polka Dots -- Sherlock Ears -- Moving with Maps and Meters -- Your Sunglasses Are in the Milky Way -- Going Places -- Space and Memory -- Thinking about Thinking
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780674863217
Isbn Type
(hbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014014029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
  • 40024173219
  • 9780674863217
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)875999972
  • (OCoLC)ocn875999972
Label
Making space : how the brain knows where things are, Jennifer M. Groh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking about Space -- The Ways of Light -- Sensing Our Own Shape -- Brain Maps and Polka Dots -- Sherlock Ears -- Moving with Maps and Meters -- Your Sunglasses Are in the Milky Way -- Going Places -- Space and Memory -- Thinking about Thinking
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780674863217
Isbn Type
(hbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014014029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
  • 40024173219
  • 9780674863217
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)875999972
  • (OCoLC)ocn875999972

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