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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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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

  If you’re directionally challenged, here’s a simple, but important tip: pay close attention to wayfinding on all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors. These days, so many distractions compete for your attention – digital devices, conversations, radio talk and music – that it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing. But it’s really important to focus on finding your way, especially if it doesn’t come easily to you. Here’s why: If you’re driving, it’s...

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