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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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“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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New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in digital maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Through the wonders of technology, some maps have expanded their reach from basic wayfinding tools to enlightening information displays. The latest maps do both: providing information displays that aid personal navigation. Case in point: maps that allow you to see at a glance how long it will take to get from here to there on foot or using public transit. Andrew Hardin, a grad student at the University of Colorado, developed a series of ingenious maps – using heat-map visualization – for a...

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“Directional Sense” on the Radio

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, radio, Wayfinding | 0 comments

“Directional Sense” on the Radio

Jan Carpman spoke about directional challenges, the importance of learning wayfinding skills, and her book (with Myron Grant), Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, as a guest on the radio show, “Life’s Issues with Lloyd Rosen,” on Jan. 10, 2014. Have a listen! http://bit.ly/1i77Fou Jan’s other radio appearances are listed...

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While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in apps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, GPS, tracking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

If you’re directionally challenged, your New Year’s resolutions may relate to GPS devices: get one that’s always accurate, only use voice prompts when driving (ignore that distracting screen), and even learn to rely on your own devices more and GPS less. But here’s another reason to be aware of GPS: while you’re watching it, it may also be watching you. A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that companies providing location-based services (in personal...

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How to Cope if GPS Fails You

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in address, digital maps, Directional Sense, getting lost, GPS | 0 comments

How to Cope if GPS Fails You

GPS is the technological wonder many directionally challenged people adore. Much of the time, it can guide you all the way from your starting point to your destination with no muss or fuss, but sometimes . . . it doesn’t know your destination, or even your address. An article in Aitkinage.com (Aitkin County, MN) describes how there may be a difference between local information and maps and the databases used for GPS services. This can cause a problem for those who depend on their GPS devices...

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