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Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in gender differences in navigation, hippocampus, navigation, neuroscience, personal navigation, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 1 of 2)

The 2015 wayfinding story that grabbed the most attention pertains to that old battle of the sexes (often taking place in the front seats of cars): who has the better sense of direction: men or women? Spoiler alert: in one Norwegian study, men did better at finding their way quickly in a virtual environment. The study was conducted by medical doctor and PhD candidate, Carl Pintzka, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He used an MRI scanner to monitor brain...

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Wayfinding Researchers Win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in cognitive maps, GPS, hippocampus, navigation, neuroscience, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Wayfinding Researchers Win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine

This is an exciting day in the world of wayfinding – for the directionally challenged and non-challenged alike! Three researchers, John O’Keefe, Edvard Moser, and May-Britt Moser were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering “an inner GPS, in the brain” responsible for helping all creatures navigate, including human beings. Read more about it and them in this New York Times article by Lawrence...

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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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