The dissociation often described for spatial frequency processing is closely linked to the classical local/global distinction. Similarly, it has been found that the left hemisphere is more proficient in processing high frequency input, whereas the right hemisphere is better equipped to process low frequency input Yet, very little empirical work is available on the potential overlap or interaction between these three different dichotomies. The model proposed by van der Ham et al.
The ability to discriminate the spatial relation between objects and form categories of these relations is evident, in some form, from very early in development. Newborn infants, for example, discriminate the left–right placement of one object relative to another and can organize this arrangement into categories that collapse across changes in the specific locations of the objects, but which maintain the spatial relation (Gava, Valenza, & Turati, 2009).