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Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in cognitive maps, disorientation, getting lost, maps, navigation, subways, transit maps | 0 comments

Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Which do you find more confusing: going to a place you’ve never visited before or going to a place you once knew well, but that has changed significantly? In an opinion piece in The New York Times, “London Lost and Found,” Mahesh Rao describes his literal and figurative confusion as he revisits London once or twice a year after he moved from there to India in 2008. As a visitor he looks more intently and sees small sights he missed when he was a resident. Rather than taking things for...

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Early, Excellent Article about Directional Challenges

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Directionally challenged, getting lost, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Early, Excellent Article about Directional Challenges

Until recently, being frequently turned around wasn’t much talked about and people who often felt this way were embarrassed about their inability to navigate. Now, with more articles, blog posts, videos, and other internet materials – as well as our new book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, and website (www.directionalsense.com) – directional challenges are receiving more attention. Here’s a link to an early, excellent article on directional challenges by New York...

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Airport Terminology Can Cause You to Get Lost

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in airports, asking directions, Directionally challenged, getting lost, terminology | 0 comments

Airport Terminology Can Cause You to Get Lost

It’s every directionally challenged person’s nightmare: not being able to find your gate at the airport and missing your plane. In a recent article on 4hoteliers.com, frequent flyer Doug Kennedy recounts a frustrating experience at one major US airport, trying to find “Terminal D”, mysteriously missing from most of the signs and maps he consulted. His tale is a familiar one to anyone who’s ever been lost – feeling panicked, asking directions, but not being able to get help. After a...

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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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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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