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Why People Get LostThe Psychology and Neuroscience of Spatial Cognition$
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Paul Dudchenko

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210862.001.0001

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Why we get lost

Why we get lost

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(p.251) Chapter 10 Why we get lost
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Why People Get Lost
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Paul A. Dudchenko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210862.003.0010

This chapter presents the argument that humans have a sense of direction that is based on the head direction cell system. It suggests that there are two ways in which people get lost. In the first, their head direction cell system fails to update properly, and they become incorrectly oriented, or misoriented. In misorientation, the sense of direction and space is still present, but it is incorrect. The second way in which people get lost is when their spatial representations break down. This is referred to as disorientation, and reflects a breakdown in the coherent internal representation of the outside world.

Keywords:   disorientation, misorientation, lost, head direction cells, sense of direction, neural compass

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