The Nature of Things Where Am I?

Where Am I? is a new documentary about the skills we use to find our way around. Whether you are an Inuit hunter, a foraging insect, or just someone out for a stroll, your brain is performing one of its most fundamental services – it’s navigating. Why are some of us good at finding our way, while others are not? Good navigators are able to use both memory and imagination… remembering where they have been, and imagining where they’re going. Some researchers believe we build a cognitive or mental map when we navigate, a kind of bird’s eye view of our surroundings, a view that can be rotated and examined in our mind. There has been about sixty years of argument amongst scientists about whether humans and other mammals actually form these cognitive maps or not. The advent of GPS or Global Positioning Systems has changed the discussion about navigation. GPS triggers a simpler, more automatic navigational technique that does not involve building a mental map. With GPS, we simply respond to directions and may not truly understand where we are.

  • 2013
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Cognitive maps (Psychology) [LCSH] Orientation (Psychology) [LCSH] Orienting reflex [LCSH] Spatial behavior [LCSH] Global Positioning System [LCSH] Hippocampus (Brain) [LCSH] Geographical perception [LCSH] Insects -- Orientation [LCSH] Biology [LCSH] Psychology [LCSH]
David T. Suzuki (Narrator), Bruce Mohun (Director), Sue Ridout (Producer), Bruce Mohun (Writer), Sara Darling (Director)
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