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Failing to appreciate doors, and other mysteries of brain space

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerSep 22, 2010 4:46 PM

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More brains! Yesterday I blogged about my new article in the Times about a new theory of consciousness. Today my latest column about the brain is posted at Discover's web site. I take a look this month at space. One of the most fascinating ways the brain can go awry is known as spatial neglect, in which people simply ignore part of the world around them. (These drawings were made by people suffering from one form of spatial neglect.) In my column, I look at recent research that uses these kinds of failings to figure out how we build our perception of space in the first place. Check it out![Image: Nature]

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