GPS and Navigation (05-08-19)

New evidence confirms that increasing use of GPS has implications for wayfinding systems/tools. Ruginski and colleagues report that “Research has established that GPS use negatively affects environmental learning and navigation in laboratory studies. . . .  In sum, our work suggests that GPS exerts its negative influence on spatial cognitive abilities in the long-term, building on work that has shown its negative effects on environmental learning in the short-term.”  

Ian Ruginski, Sarah Creem-Regehr, Jeanine Stefanucci, and Elizabeth Cashdan. 2019.  “GPS Use Negatively Effects Environmental Learning Through Spatial Transformation Abilities.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 64, pp. 12-20, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.05.001