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Use of geometry for spatial reorientation in children applies only to symmetrical spaces. / Lew, Adina R.; Gibbons, Bryony; Murphy, Caroline; Bremner, J. Gavin.

In: Developmental Science, Vol. 13, No. 3, 05.2010, p. 490-498.

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Lew, Adina R. ; Gibbons, Bryony ; Murphy, Caroline ; Bremner, J. Gavin. / Use of geometry for spatial reorientation in children applies only to symmetrical spaces. In: Developmental Science. 2010 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 490-498.

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