spatial orientation

How to Teach Children the Cardinal Directions

Caitlin Dempsey

Here is a simple and effective tip for teaching children cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west).

The results demonstrated that the visual map of the tadpoles developed naturally when the bars moved from front to back. The tadpoles that were shown the images in reverse order, however, extended nerve fibers to the wrong spots in the map, confirming that the brain would perceive those images as backwards.

How Mental Map Development Affects How We Perceive the Visual World Around Us

Rebecca Maxwell

A new study is challenging the way scientists look at the brain’s visual and spatial orientation system.

Work on “Inner GPS” in the Brain Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Caitlin Dempsey

Over the course of three decades, two separate research efforts helped unwrap the questions of “how does the brain create ...

Man reading a street map at a table.

Spatial Orientation and the Brain: The Effects of Map Reading and Navigation

Rebecca Maxwell

Map reading and orienteering are becoming lost arts in the world of global positioning systems (GPS) and other geospatial technologies. What are the effects of navigation and map reading on the brain?