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From Here to There

The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way

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$29.95 • £26.95 • €27.95

ISBN 9780674244573

Publication Date: 05/12/2020


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

26 illus.

Belknap Press

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  • List of Illustrations*
  • Introduction
  • 1. The First Wayfinders
  • 2. Right to Roam
  • 3. Maps in the Mind
  • 4. Thinking Space
  • 5. From A to B and Back Again
  • 6. You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
  • 7. Natural Navigators
  • 8. The Psychology of Lost
  • 9. City Sense
  • 10. Am I Here?
  • 11. Epilogue: The End of the Road
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • In the text
      • Routes taken by early sapiens out of Africa and around the world (years before the present)
      • Creag nan Eun, the ‘rock of the birds’, an ancient wayfinding landmark in the Grampian Mountains, Perthshire
      • The decreasing home range of children across three generations of the same Sheffield family
      • Map drawn by a ten-year-old boy who goes to school on his own (top) compared with one drawn by a ten-year-old boy who is driven by an adult; the bottom image shows the actual itinerary
      • Play Street, New York City
      • Dudchenko’s experimental set-up
      • The four main types of spatial cell discussed in this chapter and their various roles
      • Adrian Horner’s ‘Walking Through Doorways’ experiment
      • Gustave Doré’s engraving of Dante’s lonely plight
      • Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth
      • The Santa Barbara Sense of Direction questionnaire, the standard test of navigational proficiency
      • Mental rotation and folding, two common tests of small-scale spatial ability
      • Harold Gatty (left) with pilot Wiley Post
      • Shackleton’s navigator, Frank Worsley
      • The Polynesian star compass
      • Archie Archambault’s ‘gestural’ map of London
    • In the plate section
      • Claudio Aporta’s Atlas of Inuit trails
      • The firing pattern of a typical place cell and how it relates to the position of an animal in a box
      • The firing behaviour of typical boundary cells (BVCs) and how they influence place cells
      • The regions in the hippocampal area of the rat’s brain that are relevant to navigation
      • A grid cell firing pattern
      • Hugo Spiers’ global map of national navigation performance
      • Gerry Largay, who went missing near Redington in July 2013 while attempting to walk the length of the Appalachian Trail
      • Section of the Appalachian Trail where Gerry Largay lost her way
      • GPS log of rescuers’ search for Gerry Largay
      • How Londoners imagine their city
      • The London Underground: the unofficial, topographically accurate map, and the official (approximate) map
      • The Four Mountains Test of spatial memory
      • The Blackrock care home and its imagined paths for wandering: the ground-floor plan

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