ABOUT THIS BOOK
- A exciting and accessible look at how we navigate the world around us, and why it can all go wrong - when we get lost
- Based on cutting edge work from the brain sciences exploring the neural bases of navigation
- Written to be accessible to a broad academic audience
At some point in our lives, most of us have been lost. How does this happen? What are the limits of our ability to find our way? Do we have an innate sense of direction?
'How people get lost' reviews the psychology and neuroscience of navigation.
It starts with a history of studies looking at how organisms solve mazes. It
then reviews contemporary studies of spatial cognition, and the wayfinding abilities
of adults and children. It then considers how specific parts of the brain provide
a cognitive map and a neural compass. This book also considers the neurology
of spatial disorientation, and the tendency of patients with Alzheimer's disease
to lose their way.
Within the book, the author proposes that we get lost because our brain's compass becomes misoriented.
This book is written for anyone with an interest in navigation and the brain. It assumes no specialised knowledge of neuroscience, but covers recent advances in our understanding of how the brain represents space.
Readership: Psychologist and neuroscientists from undergraduate level upwards; popular science audience
Paul Dudchenko, Psychology Department, University of Stirling, UK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: On being lost
2: A history of "maze" psychology
3: Contemporary studies of spatial cognition
4: Human navigation
5: Spatial cognition in children
6: The hippocampus as a cognitive map
7: Place cells and brain imaging
8: The neural basis for a sense of direction: head direction neurons
9: Alzheimer's disease, the parietal lobe, and topographical disorientation
10: Why we get lost