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Spatial Layout Perception, Neural

The ability to perceive the layout of objects around us is so critical for survival that individuals who are unable to do so are virtually helpless. Understanding the neural underpinnings of spatial layout perception aids in predicting and dealing with the consequences of brain injuries and also provides an important framework for understanding how the brain builds representations of object locations under more normal circumstances. A majority of the brain is devoted to perceiving and making use of spatial information in some way. In the case of vision, visual information flows from the eyes, through the thalamus, and into the primary visual cortex; conscious perception of spatial layout is thought to be processed in neural pathways running from the visual cortex to the inferotemporal cortex ...

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