Visual Impairment and Spatial Cognitive Neuroscience

Sep 18, 2014

This study reviews how visual experience impacts spatial processing and, therefore, is a relevant consideration for architectural design. This work examines the influence of transparent barriers. The researchers explore whether the perception of a transparent barrier reduces activity in response to a looming stimulus. The converging results suggest that the underlying neural and psychological representations of space are influenced by visual experience, or the lack thereof, and that there are design considerations for the built environment that are congruent with the neural and psychological responses of the inhabitants.

Michael J. Proulx, Ph.D. (University of Bath)
Alexandra A. DeSousa (University of Bath)
Achille Pasqualotto (Sabanci University)
Martin I. Sereno (Birkbeck / UCL Neuroimaging Institute)
Presented at: 
2014 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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