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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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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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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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“Directional Sense” is Now on Facebook

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Facebook, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

“Directional Sense” is Now on Facebook

If you’re a Facebook fan, you’ll be glad to know that the book, “Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around,” has meandered on over to: https://www.facebook.com/DirectionalSense This is a page is for directionally challenged people and everyone interested in wayfinding: how people manage to get from one place to another in our complex, confusing world. We hope you can navigate to our Facebook page and that you “Like” what you see!  We look forward to...

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Beyond Wayfinding: Mapping the Use of “Cray-ahn,” “Cran,” and other Regional Speech

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, maps, navigation, personal navigation | 0 comments

Beyond Wayfinding: Mapping the Use of “Cray-ahn,” “Cran,” and other Regional Speech

You’re probably used to thinking about maps primarily as a tool for finding your way around. If you’re directionally challenged, you may consider them a bit intimidating and overwhelming. They’re often packed with tons of useful detail, but it takes effort and practice to learn how to use them to answer your own wayfinding questions. (More about that in our book, “Directional Sense” Chapter 6.) The good news is that if you twitch at the very thought of using a map to get from one...

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