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Posts made in July, 2013

USGS National Map Corps Offers Volunteers a Chance to Contribute to Map Making

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in digital maps, Directionally challenged, maps | 0 comments

USGS National Map Corps Offers Volunteers a Chance to Contribute to Map Making

If you’re directionally challenged and have a hard time interpreting maps, here’s a way you can boost your enthusiasm for them: become a mapmaker yourself. The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has created the National Map Corps: an opportunity for volunteers –  like you! – to collect data for The National Map (TNM), which provides information for the public, including free, downloadable topographic maps. http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html The USGS wants you to send in the...

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Nike’s Directionally Challenged Moment

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Directionally challenged, maps | 0 comments

Nike’s Directionally Challenged Moment

Do you think individuals are the only ones who experience directional challenges? Not so, as evidenced by the giant corporation Nike in this embarrassing example of geographic confusion. Nike’s new T-shirts for the Pro Football team, The Carolina Panthers, included “NC” the abbreviation for its North Carolina home, and an image of, well, South Carolina. Listen to the related snippet on NPR’s Morning Edition:...

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The Stickiness of Once-familiar Places

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in cognitive maps, giving directions, personal navigation | 0 comments

The Stickiness of Once-familiar Places

Have you ever found yourself giving directions like this: “It’s across from where Woolworth’s used to be”? If you remember locations of often-visited places – department stores, drug stores, schools, apartment buildings , or anywhere familiar and meaningful – whether or not you’re directionally challenged, you may find it disorienting when a personal landmark is torn down and something new takes its place. Not being able to wrap your head around the fact that the old ___ (fill in...

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YouTube Video Pitches the Ultimate Wayfinding Aid

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, getting lost, maps, navigation, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

YouTube Video Pitches the Ultimate Wayfinding Aid

Take a peek at this clever pitch for the product known as “MAP”. It’s useful for the directionally challenged and non-challenged alike! (In French, with English subtitles.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCp-JSVSNZM

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TED Talk Explains How Your Brain Tells You Where You Are

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, getting lost, hippocampus, navigation, neuroscience, parking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

TED Talk Explains How Your Brain Tells You Where You Are

Do you ever have trouble remembering where you parked your car? This TED talk, by neuroscientist Neil Burgess, explains how the brain’s electrical activity guides us through everyday places, including parking lots. The nine-minute talk is a bit technical, but if you’re interested in the nitty gritty of how we manage to know where we are and get where we’re going, this is a good introduction. http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_burgess_how_your_brain_tells_you_where_you_are.html Dr. Burgess is...

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