Latest Research Progress of Human Navigation in Physical and Mental Space

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Neuropsychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2025 | Viewed by 34

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Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Via Po 14, 10123 Turin, Italy
Interests: space representation; body ownership; conscious processes; neuropsychology

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1. Space, Attention and Action (SAN) Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Via Po, 14, 10123 Turin, Italy
2. NIT—Neuroscience Institute of Turin, Via Verdi, 8, 10124 Turin, Italy
Interests: space representation; spatial attention; vestibular system; neuropsychology; non-invasive brain stimulation; motor awareness
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LIFE, Royal Military Academy, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Interests: space representation; spatial attention; vestibular system; neuropsychology; body ownership; motor awareness; non-invasive brain stimulation; moral decision-making; human-machine interaction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Complex and sophisticated brain mechanisms construct mental maps of our surrounding physical space by encoding the distances and directions between locations. These processes are central to navigation and the formation of spatial memory. Recent scientific evidence, as well as early and recent mnemonic techniques, suggest that the formation of spatial maps and representations is important not only for navigation and orientation in physical space but also for the organization and navigation of content, ideas, and memories in a mental, cognitive space. In support of this hypothesis, some neuroimaging studies in humans have provided initial evidence that the brain areas involved in spatial navigation, such as the hippocampal formation and the medial prefrontal cortex, are also involved in the processing of new concepts and complex memories.

This Special Issue will showcase recent theoretical and empirical advances in the field of human navigation in physical and mental space. We welcome contributions exploring neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience approaches and techniques in healthy volunteers or in neurological and/or psychiatric patients.

An understanding of the neurofunctional mechanisms of human navigation in healthy individuals and in patients with navigation, orientation, or spatial memory disorders could assist in developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

We invite submissions of original research articles, reviews (scoping, systematic, or narrative), short communications, case reports, opinions, and commentaries.

Prof. Dr. Annamaria Berti
Prof. Dr. Raffaella Ricci
Dr. Adriana Salatino
Guest Editors

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  • spatial navigation
  • spatial orientation
  • spatial memory
  • place cells
  • grid cells
  • vestibular system
  • physical space
  • mental space
  • spatial map
  • cognitive map
  • neurological patients
  • psychiatric patients
  • neuropsychology
  • cognitive neuroscience

Published Papers

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