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Psychology of Navigation

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How do you navigate the city? Despite what you may accept as your methodology—whether using landmarks or working from memory or just your nose—there's a better chance that you're reliant on simple directional orientation. A new study out of Germany, summarized in Atlantic Cities, contends that our continued exposure to maps makes us North-oriented navigators and that whatever level of detail we hold in our noggins, we're aligning it best we can with our embedded compass. When we're not facing North, things get stickier. [Atlantic Cities]