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Posts made in January, 2015

“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in cognitive maps, maps, museum exhibition, personal navigation | 0 comments

“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

An exhibit in London, England, called “Mapping the City” turns the concept of geographically accurate maps into something quite different. In the Somerset House show, some 50 international graffiti and street artists use a variety of media to create visual representations of spaces that are reflect emotions, personal meaning, and private references. The free exhibit runs from January 22-February 15, 2015. There are also several related events, hosted by University College London...

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London Cabbies Describe Finding Their Way Along a Complex Route

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Finding your way as you drive, hippocampus, navigation, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

London Cabbies Describe Finding Their Way Along a Complex Route

Directionally challenged people have to work hard to learn even short routes between places they frequent. And this is a great accomplishment! Would-be and actual London taxi drivers are at the opposite end of the wayfinding spectrum, probably as a result of outstanding, inherent spatial abilities, and absolutely as a result of years of dedicated, focused, arduous work. This New York Times video shows images along a seven-mile route through London and the 41(!) turns required to get from one...

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