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Two Fields Are Better Than One: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives On Understanding Spatial Reorientation
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  • Alexandra D. Twyman, University of Western Ontario
  • Daniele Nardi, Eastern Illinois University
  • Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University
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Publication Date
1-1-2013
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Abstract

Occasionally, we lose track of our position in the world, and must re-establish where we are located in order to function. This process has been termed the ability to reorient and was first studied by Ken Cheng in 1986. Reorientation research has revealed some powerful cross-species commonalities. It has also engaged the question of human uniqueness because it has been claimed that human adults reorient differently from other species, or from young human children, in a fashion grounded in the distinctive combinatorial power of human language. In this chapter, we consider the phenomenon of reorientation in comparative perspective, both to evaluate specific claims regarding commonalities and differences in spatial navigation, and also to illustrate, more generally, how comparative cognition research and research in human cognitive development have deep mutual relevance.

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Alexandra D. Twyman, Daniele Nardi and Nora S. Newcombe. "Two Fields Are Better Than One: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives On Understanding Spatial Reorientation" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniele_nardi/3/