Dr. Colin Ellard is an experimental psychologist at the University of Waterloo, the director of its Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments and an international expert in the psychology of navigation. The results of his research in the areas of animal behaviour, cognitive mapping, human navigation and neuroscience have been published in scientific journals for more than 20 years. Colin Ellard lives and regularly gets lost in Kitchener, Ontario. In his talk, Ellard will describe how a scientific approach to the connection between human beings and the spaces and places they inhabit should influence the design of the built environment. Are the principles that underlie our spatial behaviour relevant to decision-makers who design hospitals, nursing homes, factories, or even urban streetscapes? How do such principles vary across the lifespan? Colin will explain why he feels that the solutions to the world’s most important problems lie more in understanding our psychology than in advancing our technology. Its a story he's told in his recent book Where am I? Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon But Get Lost at the Mall. Also see http://www.whiff-of-grape.ca/index.htm (rakerman)
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