Rewiriting Our Mental Image of the City

Kevin Lynch be damned, a new study by a team of German psychologists reaches some surprising conclusions regarding the ways in which our brains navigate the city.
January 18, 2012, 5am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Eric Jaffe writes about a recently published study in the journal Psychological Science by a team of psychologists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, led by Julia Frankenstein. "Their results suggest that our mental maps rely less on local reference points or memory-based maps and more on geographical orientation."

Somewhat tweaking the hypothesis of Kevin Lynch's foundational text 'The Image of the City', "it's almost as if people use their experience to situate themselves in a city, then consult the north-pointing map of that same city in their minds to find their way..."

Which leaves one to wonder if the results are duplicatable in Southern Hemisphere.

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Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in The Atlantic Cities
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