This is probably the closest spatial researchers will get to a Nobel prize relating to the sense of place. From the citation, “the 2014 NObel prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to Dr. J. M. O’Keefe, Dr. May-Britt Moser and Dr. Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of nerve cells in the brain that enable a sense of place and navigation.”

The scientific rationale is here:

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