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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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Maps as Virtual Assistants?

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, maps, parking, smartphones, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Maps as Virtual Assistants?

If you’re directionally challenged, you may think of paper maps as adding confusion to your already turned-around world. But it’s time to reconsider how maps can be an integral – and enormously helpful – part of your life. An article by Ed Parsons, a geospatial technologist at Google, describes how future digital maps – like a good personal assistant – will help with your daily activities by giving you automatic, integrated information about weather, traffic, parking, alternate...

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Finding Your Parked Car

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, parking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Finding Your Parked Car

  When was the last time you lost your car? When you parked in a huge surface lot at the mall? In the airport garage? On a city street? When you’re in a hurry, it seems sufficient simply to find your way to a destination and park. You locate a spot, get out, and run to your meeting, social engagement, or errand – all without a second thought. The problem comes on the way back, when the car has mysteriously “disappeared.” Faced with an inability to find the car, some of us (me...

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