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... but how do you know exactly where you are? And then how do you know how to get from there ... to somewhere else? IDEAS producer Dave Redel explores new ideas about why some people are wizards at navigation, while others get completely lost.
April 1941: Cadets at the Thames Nautical College taking a lesson in compass reading. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

...but how do you know exactly where you are?  And then how do you know how to get from somewhere else?  IDEAS producer Dave Redel explores new ideas about why some people are wizards at navigation, while others get completely lost. ** This episode originally aired February 23, 2014

"How do you know where you are? What room you're in ? What town you're in and what state you're in?  And how do you go from your house to the grocery store? How do you move through the physical environment?"

"Because we take it for granted.  It's only a problem when it goes wrong. But when it goes wrong it can be quite distressing and it can be lethal. I mean if you're really lost and you're in some some wilderness or something like that, it can be really bad. "


Participants in the program:

Giuseppe Iaria, cognitive neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary.

Paul Dudchenko, University of Stirling, Scotland, author of Why People Get Lost: The Psychology and Neuroscience of Spatial Cognition.

Jennifer Groh, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, author of Making Space, How the Brain Knows Where Things Are.

Ted Slone & Ford Burles, graduate students in psychology at the University of Calgary, working with Giuseppe Iaria.

Related websites:

Getting Lost is a website about understanding human navigation. 

Where Am I? is a documentary from CBC Television's The Nature of Things


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