What I mean when I say: ‘Space’

Jason Castro, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscienceWhen Jason Castro, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, says “space,” he often means:

“Something quite abstract and conceptual that needn’t refer to the familiar three dimensions of the physical world. A space could contain all possible faces, categories of scent or musical pitches. Your brain creates organized spaces for such things — mapping impossibly abstract quantities onto a very physical network of cells.”

Academic disciplines often assign particular and surprising meanings to common words. The series “What I Mean When I Say” explores those meanings.

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