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≪Organizer Abstract≫
In the past decades, research on spatial knowledge and the representation of spatial environments has developed considerably and is now recognized as a specific and productive field in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The domain is mature enough to allow researchers to apply basic knowledge collected from empirical research to situations of societal relevance, with the objective of enhancing the adaptation of people to their environments. The symposium will include state-of-the-art presentations of scientific advances in such topics as spatial reasoning, performance in perspective-taking tasks, route planning, and individual preferences and spatial abilities. The symposium will also illustrate the value of applying such findings to the enhancement of navigational skills in neurological patients and the impact of environmental factors on cognitive restoration and relief. The perspective opened by the use of virtual environments in this domain of research, and more specifically the rehabilitation of disoriented people, will be reported and discussed.
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