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

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Alzheimer's Disease, cognitive maps, disorientation, gender differences in navigation, hippocampus, personal navigation, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

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

In the study referenced in the previous blog post (Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 1 of 2)), medical doctor and PhD candidate, Carl Pintzka, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim used an MRI scanner to monitor brain activity when 18 men and 18 women used 3D goggles and a joystick to orient themselves in a large virtual maze. He found that men were more effective and, in a followup study, when women were given a single drop of the male hormone,...

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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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“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in cognitive maps, maps, museum exhibition, personal navigation | 0 comments

“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

An exhibit in London, England, called “Mapping the City” turns the concept of geographically accurate maps into something quite different. In the Somerset House show, some 50 international graffiti and street artists use a variety of media to create visual representations of spaces that are reflect emotions, personal meaning, and private references. The free exhibit runs from January 22-February 15, 2015. There are also several related events, hosted by University College London...

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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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Olympic Slopestyle Riders Demonstrate Extreme Navigation Skills

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in navigation, personal navigation, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Olympic Slopestyle Riders Demonstrate Extreme Navigation Skills

If you’re directionally challenged and have trouble determining your whereabouts on terra firma, consider the amazing wayfinding feats by Olympic slopestyle riders. Not only do they  anticipate (and follow through with) a course comprising a series of obstacles that catapult them into the air, but as they twist, turn, and somersault while airborne, they understand their position in relation to the ground. This is called “air awareness,” a skill learned “through training and...

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New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in digital maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Through the wonders of technology, some maps have expanded their reach from basic wayfinding tools to enlightening information displays. The latest maps do both: providing information displays that aid personal navigation. Case in point: maps that allow you to see at a glance how long it will take to get from here to there on foot or using public transit. Andrew Hardin, a grad student at the University of Colorado, developed a series of ingenious maps – using heat-map visualization – for a...

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