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Published in Journal of the Neurological Sciences (2011) p. 1; doi:10.1016/j.jns.2011.09.021


Why People Get Lost demands no specialized knowledge of neuroscience, as its inside flap advertises. This is true to an extent; the book is an academic behemoth of research and data, but Dudchenko guides the reader through it with engaging anecdotes that inject a personal flair into the hard science. He writes with a refreshing directness, beginning each new subject with an introduction that tells the reader: this is what you are going to learn, this is how I am going to show you, and this is why you should care. If wayfinding intrigues you without preamble, it may not be long before you become lost in the read.