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  • May 8, 2017
  • 01:56 AM

Finding real rewards in a virtual world

by adam phillips in It Ain't Magic

A new study shows that mice who learn to find goals in virtual reality use their hippocampus the same was as in the real world.... Read more »

  • July 12, 2011
  • 05:00 PM

Rats, Bees, and Brains: The Death of the “Cognitive Map”

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Humans, just like all other animals, face the same problem every day: how do we get around the world? I don’t mean how do we walk, swim, crawl, or fly. I mean, how do we navigate? If I leave in search of food, how do I find my way back home? ... Read more »

Tolman, E. (1948) Cognitive maps in rats and men. Psychological Review, 55(4), 189-208. DOI: 10.1037/h0061626  

O'Keefe J, & Speakman A. (1987) Single unit activity in the rat hippocampus during a spatial memory task. Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Experimentation cerebrale, 68(1), 1-27. PMID: 3691688  

Simons, D., & Wang, R. (1998) Perceiving Real-World Viewpoint Changes. Psychological Science, 9(4), 315-320. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9280.00062  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 12:33 AM

Trying to learn a new city? You might want to rent a car.

by PsychBusyBee in ionpsych

Do you take business trips? If so, do you rent a car or take the train, bus, or taxi into town?

What if you are interviewing for a new job? What's the best way to learn where the closest shopping or best pizza place is?

It turns out renting that car might give you a better idea for the city's spatial layout. Continue reading →... Read more »

Appleyard, D. (1970) Styles and Methods of Structuring a City. Environment and Behavior, 2(1), 100-117. DOI: 10.1177/001391657000200106  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 02:37 PM

Don’t take the long road home

by PsychBusyBee in ionpsych

Do you take the fastest way home? Are you sure? Really?

I think I take the fastest route to work. I avoid traffic and stoplights, take long straight sections, and make right turns when ever possible. However, I always end up taking a completely different path home. I can't quite say why I do this, but both seem the quickest possible way to and from work. If one route wins the morning commute, why don't I follow the same path in reverse every evening? Continue reading →... Read more »

Sadalla, E., & Magel, S. (1980) The Perception of Traversed Distance. Environment and Behavior, 12(1), 65-79. DOI: 10.1177/0013916580121005  

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