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Posts made in November, 2014

“The Knowledge” – The Ultimate Test of London’s Detailed Geography

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in asking directions, cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, navigation, personal navigation, Uncategorized, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

“The Knowledge” – The Ultimate Test of London’s Detailed Geography

If you’ve ever wondered whether there’s a wayfinding Olympics, take a look at this extraordinary New York Times article by Jody Rosen describing the years of detailed navigation & wayfinding study (and resulting sacrifices) undertaken by people seeking to be official London taxi drivers. “The Knowledge,” has been called the most difficult mental undertaking and test in the world: requiring students to memorize the city’s 25,000 streets and every business and landmark on them....

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A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in asking directions, Directionally challenged, giving directions, Wayfinding | 0 comments

A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

There are many anecdotes about people who can’t find their way anywhere (and even some books for and about them!), but here’s a story about a real wayfinding wiz: someone who knows exactly where he (and you) are and who can give accurate, useful, device-free directions about how to find just about any destination. See this story by Cheryl Truman of the Lexington Herald-Leader about Ken Brookins, a worker at a Shell station in Lexington, KY: http://bit.ly/1E1gpW6 Important for the...

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