Yahoo France: Les géographes occidentaux ont finalement bien raison d’orienter leur carte routière ou touristique en faisant correspondre le haut de ces cartes avec le nord. En tout cas, ce choix s’est ancré dans notre cerveau, au point de nous permettre de ne pas nous perdre, comme l’a constaté une More
The Atlantic: To navigate certain parts of New York City — namely Queens and much of Manhattan — all you need to be able to do is count. In Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village, and most of Brooklyn, things get a good bit trickier. You can no longer depend More
The Daily Mail: They are supposed to make getting around easier. But over-reliance on sat-navs could leave us completely lost, a study has suggested. Scientists think our memory for places is like a mental map which we have learnt from looking at a real map of where we live. Researchers More
Daily Express: We instinctively remember maps and end up with a north-facing “compass” in our heads. But over-reliance on GPS devices could erase the maps from our brains, scientists say. They ran virtual-reality tests on 26 residents of a town all had lived in for at least two years. Subjects More
You’re driving from work to pick up your kids at school. The drive is familiar; you’ve done it almost every day for years. But how do you know in which direction the school is from your home? Landmarks? The sun? Animal instinct? Now, a new study published in Psychological Science More
The Wall Street Journal: When you’re strolling in your home city, and you see someone with pull out a map, you can be pretty sure you’re looking at a tourist. But a new study suggests that a map-like spatial orientation is layered on top of people’s understanding of even highly More
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