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Finding your way as you drive

Google Maps Now Warns You about Traffic & Construction

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in apps, digital maps, Finding your way as you drive, Google Maps, GPS | 0 comments

Google Maps Now Warns You about Traffic & Construction

Google Maps is a pretty useful navigation aid, although not yet perfect. It now sports an updated feature telling you where to expect traffic and road construction and how long you may be stuck or need to proceed at a crawl. Read more about it here: http://ti.me/1LCqQ7n ————————————— If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R....

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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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GPS and Front-seat Dynamics

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Finding your way as you drive, Google Maps, GPS, travel, Wayfinding, wayfinding technology | 0 comments

GPS and Front-seat Dynamics

In those golden days of yesteryear, long before GPS was even a twinkle in the eye of computer geeks, drivers and passengers often found the front seat of the car a great place to disagree. One may have insisted that he (or she) knew the way, while the other was absolutely certain they were headed in the wrong direction. These “discussions” often escalated into accusations and recriminations – perhaps funny at first, then not so much. GPS was supposed to fix all that. With always...

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Seeing the Address of Your Destination

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in address, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, personal navigation, street addresses, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Seeing the Address of Your Destination

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve prepared for a short trip to a new destination by getting good directions and an address, and you’ve followed the directions to the letter, but as you approach, you just can’t see the address. Maybe it’s too small to view from the road, maybe it blends in with the background, or maybe it’s not there at all. This is annoying enough when you travel to an occasional destination (a doctor’s office, a store, a new friend’s home), but for...

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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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