Physical and conceptual spaces are coded in the same region

Information about the physical space, mostly related to the immediate surroundings of the individual, but also related to imagery, appears coded in the same brain regions as concepts. This overlap of the neural substrates of spatial reasoning and conceptual thinking hints at the metaphorical projections which might provide the foundations of conceptual thought. Navigating conceptual taxonomies correlates with activity in brain regions associated with physical navigation.

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