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#6: What things navigate you through space to get from A to B?

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  1. Mandy

    My own sense of direction, regular patterns of sounds, like a flow of traffic on a main road, the sea as it splashes on the shore, trees lining a street, a shop, a school. Smells also locate, the vegetable shop, the cafe, the public toilets, a particular garden with a particular smelly plant. Textures and shapes of road surfaces, cobbles, winding paths, gravel, a high curb, a flattened curb, a textured crossing. The wind, tells me when I’m in an open square, a built up road, tells me when a road or path opens up on my right or left, gives me direction, also can get into my ears and stop me hearing though. All these enable me to move, are my familiar landmarks.

    Jun 08, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

  2. Kate

    To get from A to B I use landmarks like shops, parks and railway stations. I also find that I often use angles to work out which way I need to be going – so I will look to my visual memory and work out whether the angle I am seeing a particular building or landmark from corresponds to what I saw when I came before, or whether it is reversed because I am coming from a different direction, I can then usually use this to help me find my way. I have also become more aware of how many turnings and crossings and auditory signals there are on certain journeys, like the one from the bus stop to my house, because of my visually impaired friends and my fella who come to visit me.

    Jun 08, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  3. Jodie Ahrens

    drawing an internal line of the shortest distance. and walking in the shadows.

    Jun 08, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  4. Sue Rolfe

    Since I have a bad sense of direction I rely on maps and the knowledge that I should usually be going the opposite way to the one I am usually following.

    Jun 09, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  5. June

    Sounds, smells, touch (underfoot, hand, cane and drafts from doorways), echoes, prior knowledge (including looking up routes beforehand) & my tongue to ask people the way

    Jun 09, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  6. Tim Gebbels

    My dog, occasionally a cane, my hearing and prior knowledge consisting of a spatial map in my head are all tools I use to navigate. The order in which I value these and would grieve if I lost them are: my hearing, my spatial sense, my dog, the long cane. From a slightly different angle another thing which helps me get from A to B is motivation. Is B worth navigating to?

    Jun 10, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  7. Emma

    My dog, my nose the feel of the ground beneath my feet and talking transport.

    Jun 10, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  8. Mary

    Bus routes. I walk the streets of London through the exhaust fumes of busses, as I don’t trust my own sense of direction.

    Jun 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  9. Theresa

    I use sight and my knowledge of the place mainly. In places that I am very familiar, eg my home, I use memory and my eyes hardly at all. In places that I am not familiar I use maps, looking around and my own sense of direction.

    Jun 13, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

  10. Lynn Cox

    Everything mentioned by other participants, but most of all the desire to explore the route from A to B, either in a straightforward direction or an adventurous journey!

    Jun 15, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  11. Emma Spurgin Hussey

    If you can see, I think the visual sense tends to dominate. Apart from that: air currents; ground beneath my feet (my road’s pavement is made of something like a big dark grey bar of chocolate); scent; sound; maps and route planner type things if it’s a long way; memory; sense of direction; a sort of 6th sense; gradient; curiosity…

    Jun 16, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

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    Feb 12, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

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