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Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world / M. R. O'Connor
Bib ID 7891994
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
O'Connor, M. R., 1982-, author
 
Description South Melbourne, VIC : Affirm Press, 2019 
©2019 
viii, 354 pages ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781925712759 (paperback)
Summary

In this compelling narrative, O'Connor seeks out neuroscientists, anthropologists and master navigators to understand how navigation ultimately gave us our humanity. Biologists have been trying to solve the mystery of how organisms have the ability to migrate and orient with such precision - especially since our own adventurous ancestors spread across the world without maps or instruments. O'Connor goes to the Arctic, the Australian bush and the South Pacific to talk to masters of their environment who seek to preserve their traditions at a time when anyone can use a GPS to navigate. O'Connor explores the neurological basis of spatial orientation within the hippocampus. Without it, people inhabit a dream state, becoming amnesiacs incapable of finding their way, recalling the past, or imagining the future. Studies have shown that the more we exercise our cognitive mapping skills, the greater the grey matter and health of our hippocampus. O'Connor talks to scientists studying how atrophy in the hippocampus is associated with afflictions such as impaired memory, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, depression and PTSD.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-343) and index.

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Subjects Space perception.  |  Orientation (Physiology)  |  Australian

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