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Posts made in February, 2013

Cognitive Maps of Manhattan

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, maps, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Cognitive Maps of Manhattan

Directionally challenged people often struggle to make sense of (and use) maps drawn by cartographers and others. Sometimes, it’s fun to let go of the fear and stress associated with map reading to try something completely different. For instance, New Yorker Becky Cooper distributed hundreds of blank maps of Manhattan and asked recipients to fill in the maps with whatever best captures their experience of the city. This New York Times interactive article shows some of what she got...

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Seeing Brain “Wiring”

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Seeing Brain “Wiring”

Directionally challenged people often talk about having different “brain wiring” from people with a good sense of direction. Up until now, that has been a somewhat fanciful description, but scientists have released new images that show what brain wiring looks like. Take a look at this BBC video. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21489097

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

  If you’re directionally challenged, here’s a simple, but important tip: pay close attention to wayfinding on all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors. These days, so many distractions compete for your attention – digital devices, conversations, radio talk and music – that it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing. But it’s really important to focus on finding your way, especially if it doesn’t come easily to you. Here’s why: If you’re driving, it’s...

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Prepare & Personalize Directions

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Prepare & Personalize Directions

  If you’re directionally challenged, you probably find it stressful and difficult to navigate in and around unfamiliar everyday places. Here are a couple of useful tips: Prepare for all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors. And personalize your directions so they suit you to a T. To prepare for a drive, unless you use a GPS system, you may rely on online maps and directions, or ask a friend for good old-fashioned spoken directions. •    Find out the name of your...

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