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Posts made in August, 2013

Which is Better for Your Brain: GPS or Maps?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in apps, cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, getting lost, hippocampus, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Which is Better for Your Brain: GPS or Maps?

The latest GPS news is not another app or whiz-bang device for your car or smartphone: it’s a report about the not-always-helpful effects of using technological shortcuts to find your way around. An article in the Boston Globe online,“Do Our Brains Pay a Price for GPS?”, by Leon Neyfakh, makes the case for why the good old-fashioned way of navigating with signs, maps, and directions may be best after all. He writes that, “Technology is disrupting something the human brain is supposed to...

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New Research on Wayfinding and “Grid Cells” in the Human Brain

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

New Research on Wayfinding and “Grid Cells” in the Human Brain

Even though some of us call ourselves directionally challenged, while others say we have a great sense of direction, the scientific details of what exactly is going on in our brains as we navigate have been pretty sketchy up to now.  With new interest in this area and new technologies being developed, scientists are uncovering more and better explanations of how we find our way (or not) from Point A to Point B. A recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience by Dr. Joshua Jacobs and his...

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Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in asking directions, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, getting lost, giving directions, landmarks, navigation, personal navigation, travel, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Do you think the US is one of the most confusing places for directionally challenged (and not-so challenged) people to navigate? Well, as the song goes, it ain’t necessarily so. A web article describing the wayfinding woes of a Turkish city called Fethiye (pop. ~68,000), shows that disorienting places aren’t limited to those closest to us. Even if you’re not on your way to Turkey, it’s worth taking a look at this article to see how finding your way around Fethiye may be much...

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