Sense of Direction

The sense of direction is a fascinating and essential aspect of human and animal behaviour that involves the ability to orient oneself in space and navigate through the environment. Discover the science behind how different species, from insects to humans, find their way and establish spatial relationships, including the role of sensory inputs, memory, learning, and cognitive processes. Learn about the factors that affect the sense of direction, from genetics and age to culture and experience, and the impact of technology and environment on wayfinding. Explore the practical applications of the sense of direction research, from urban planning to medicine, and this knowledge’s ethical and social implications. Discover our resources and expert insights on the sense of direction and expand your understanding of this fascinating and complex topic.

Navigation without a compass

I believe that the ancient peoples “always knew” where they were going and many people today seem to just know where they are going or have a “sense of direction”. Tristan Gooley, has written a fascinating book called, “The Natural Navigator”, he covers many of the clues that help navigate, especially the position of the…

Classic navigation

In classic navigation at the beginning of the journey we need to know where we are in order to plot where we are going.  If you navigate with a compass you need a map to show you where you are and where you want to go. This then gives you a bearing and distance. With…

A sense of direction

I hold the view that animals, the ancient peoples and the aborigines navigate perfectly well without compasses.  This we often call a sense of direction.  People with a sense of direction very seldom get lost even on dark nights even in unfamiliar territory. Not everyone has a sense of direction but those who do rely…