non·​spa·​tial | \ ˌnän-ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce nonspatial (audio) \

Definition of nonspatial

: not spatial: such as
a : not relating to, occupying, or having the character of space nonspatial data
b : not relating to or involved in the perception of relationships (as of objects) in space Hippocampal lesions…impair performance on a variety of spatial and nonspatial memory tasks.— Larry R. Squire and Stuart Zola-Morgan

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nonspatially adverb

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The authors of the new study were curious whether this phenomenon only applies to previous encounters with a particular location or if perhaps this hippocampal replay also applies to memory more generally, including mental and nonspatial memories. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Our Brain Uses a Not-So-Instant Replay to Make Decisions," 27 June 2019 Sure, the brain might use a common system to encode spatial and nonspatial knowledge, if the latter can be represented as varying continuously on a two-dimensional scale. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nonspatial

1869, in the meaning defined above

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