GIS Learning

Several studies have analyzed the difference between men and women when it comes to map reading and navigation.

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

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?


Waze: Crowdsourcing traffic and roads

Waze: Crowdsourcing traffic and roads

Waze has a free social mobile application that uses real-time input from local drivers to update traffic conditions for other users.  Currently, those with iPhone and Android phones can download the free application.  When the application is left open on their phones, real-time GPS information about the speed of the […]

Maps and Cartography

Your Brain on Maps

As part of a larger article on the real and hypothesized effects of relying on computerized navigation systems on the mind, Alex Hutchinson looked at research on spatial cognition.  The ability to navigate successfully can be achieved by either of two different strategies in the brain which Hutchinson explains in Global […]