From double-step and colliding saccades to pointing in abstract space: Toward a basis for analogical transfer

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):745-745 (1997)

Abstract

Deictic pointers allow the nervous system to exploit information in a frame that is centered on the object of interest. This processing may take place in visual or haptic space, but the information processing advantages of deictic pointing can also be applied in abstract spaces, providing the basis for analogical transfer. Simulation and behavioral results illustrating this progression from embodiment to abstraction are discussed.

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