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According to Semonovich (2002) and Archipov et al. (2010) the protopathic (sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus) and epicritic (accurate determination of the stimulus via cutaneous nerve fibres sensitive to fine variations of touch or temperature) sensitivity is formed during the first stage of space learning. The proprioceptive system (called “dark muscle sense” by Sechenov, 1947) plays a dominant role at this stage. Archipov et al. (2010) argue that protopathic sensitivity is basic for self-perception and that depersonalisation disorders are mostly due to this type of sensitivity disorders. Low protopathic sensitivity makes the perception of the body in space defective, thus the child needs to keep moving, exciting the surface sensitivity to locate and feel himself. This behaviour has often been diagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
According to Landau and Jackendoff’s (1993) model, at this stage of space perception, the body can be characterised as a container with no axial structure. As such, the internal body space can be described as the frame of reference, while the sense of (dis)comfort and the affective tone can be described as the object to be located.
Semenovich (2002) labels this stage somatognosis. In this stage, the infant adds a new spatial knowledge through the contact of the whole body with the external word. According to Landau and Jackendoff’s (1993) model, at this stage the body can be described as a container but also as a reference frame that possesses a surface and is bounded.
Third and fourth stage
Semenovich (2002) argues that during the third stage metric and topological representations are formed and that during the fourth stage coordinate representations occur. The third stage is characterised by limited spatial interactions with any object in a specific relationship to the body. Specifically, while proximal space becomes familiar by using touch and manipulation with hands and mouth, distal space becomes familiar thanks to visual exploration. Paillard (1991) describes in detail the plurality of sensorimotor action-spaces, or “sensorimotor dialogues”, between the whole body and specific body parts as eyes, head, hands, etc.
Stage four, or the system of coordinates, develops in the course of lying, sitting, crawling, standing, etc. Thus, the postural development of the child at the intrauterine position is 0°, 45° at the time of birth, 90° at the stage of sitting and crawling, 180° from the moment of transition to upright posture, and finally 360° after mastering space to the rear (Semenovich, 2002). This postural space co-ordinate system is anchored to the invariant direction of gravity forces through the powerful mechanisms of maintaining an upright body posture (Paillard, 1991). According to Landau and Jackendoff’s (1993) model, the coordinate system (the “where” system) requires an axial structure, i.e., it requires a “detailed geometry” (p. 227).
Fifth, sixth and seventh stage
These stages cover the verbalization of spatial concepts. Stage 5 represents the formation of structural and topological concepts; stage 6 represents the verbal designation of conceptual space and which allows abstract manipulation; and stage 7 is when the cognitive style of the individual begins to emerge and is shaped by the interaction between the internal and external space.
Thus, Semenovich (2002) generalises that the internalisation of space (and time) is a situation in which the child is able to understand and express its propioceptive system in a verbal way. The spatial concepts according to his model, reach the highest level of development when they become mediated not only by the right but also by the left (subdominant for space) hemisphere. Moreover, the development of spatial concepts is not only mediated by inter-hemispheric communication, but also by cortical-subcortical communication.
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