Navigating with Technology



Navigational aids have become ubiquitous, appearing as standard features in cars and on smart phones. How might this navigational technology affect how people learn about and find their way within an environment? Many have heard the extreme cases of people blindly following a GPS and meeting with disaster. Although such extreme cases occur, this talk will focus instead on how navigational technology may affect how we build mental maps more generally. Additionally, it will discuss potential ways that navigational technology might promote, rather than deflect, mental map development.

About Holly

Holly has been exploring why people “get lost” for over 20 years. Having earned her PhD from Stanford University in Cognitive Psychology in 1992, she has been at Tufts University since 1994. She is currently the Co-Director of the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Tufts, a joint Center with Natick NRSDEC Cognitive Science group. In addition to her research and teaching, she serves as the advisor for Engineering Psychology (Human Factors) majors within Tufts School of Arts and Sciences.

Event Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

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Getting to the Event

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