Spatial intelligence involves the ability to comprehend shapes and images in three dimensions. Whether trying to put together a puzzle or create a sculpture, children use their spatial intelligence to interpret what they may or may not physically see. Advances in neuroscience have now provided researchers with clear-cut proof of the role of spatial intelligence in the right hemisphere of the brain. In rare instances, for example, certain brain injuries can cause people to lose the ability to rec ognize their closest relatives. Though they may see the other person perfectly well, they are unable to comprehend who they see.

And yet a blind person may feel a shape and identify it with ease, although they are unable to see it. Because most people use spatial intelligence in conjunction with sight, its existence as an autonomous cognitive trait may not seem obvious, but recent research suggests that it is an independent portion of the intellect.

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