- Spatial abilities appear to be more localized in the brain than other skills, such as verbal ability.
- Spatial ability is a key trait for engineers, scientists and mathematicians.
- The brains of engineers have systemizing mechanisms that are set at a higher-than-average levels.
This raises the obvious question: Has MRI shown that engineers or high systematizers in general, have more extensive spatial manipulation centers in their brains? Listening to software engineers definitely suggests that spatial metaphors are central to their practice.
I dream about putting a software developer in an fMRI while they’re writing code, and seeing the spatial centers in the brain lights up. And as an encore, seeing what happens when the system problem cannot be modeled in 3D space, eg “high dimensional” challenges like concurrent systems.
 Debra Schiff, “What drives you? Pick your brain,” EETimes 6/19/2006 http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189401732
 Lakoff and Núñez (2000), Where Mathematics Comes From