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Why People Get Lost: The Psychology and Neuroscience of Spatial Cognition

Paul Dudchenko


This book reviews the psychology and neuroscience of how we find our way. It starts with a history of studies on how organisms solve mazes. This work has its origins in the efforts of behaviourists, psychologists such as John Watson, who sought a firmer scientific footing for the field by focusing on measurable phenomenon, such as how rats solve spatial mazes. The book then reviews contemporary studies of spatial cognition and the wayfinding abilities of adults and children. In children, the perception of space can be distorted but improves with development. For adults, the ability to keep tra ... More

Keywords: lost, disoriented, hippocampus, place cells, head direction cells, navigation, spatial cognition, spatial learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199210862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Dudchenko, author
Psychology Department, University of Stirling, UK