• Selected Media Coverage

    Here we have provided links and short descriptions of selected media coverage of our lab, developmental topographical disorientation and/or human spatial orientation in general.

    2018 - 06 - 29: Strange stories of extraordinary brains - and what we can learn from them. The Wall Street Journal.
    Sharon remembers the first day it happened, in 1952. She was 5 years old and blindfolded while her friends ran around her. Click here to read the article.

    2018 - 02 - 10: "All of a sudden my world would flip": the woman who is permantely lost. The Guardian.
    Sharonís world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Click here to read the article.

    2017 - 03 - 28: Incredible Medicine: Dr. Weston's Casebook, Episode 5 BBC Two.
    Segment on DTD begins at approximately 41:20. Click here to watch the video (UK only).

    2017 - 01 - 22: "I canít follow a map or directions, and at 61 I still get lost and frightened." The Washington Post.
    Mary McLaurine has the neurological disorder, developmental topographical disorientation. Click here to read the article.

    2015 - 05 - 18: "When the Brain Can't Make Its Own Maps' The Atlantic.
    People with a rare neurological condition called Developmental Topographical Disorientation, or DTD, can even get lost inside their own houses. Click here to read the article.

    2015 - 05 - 07: 'Sense of Direction' CBC.
    On Maritime Noon with Norma Lee Macleod, callers discuss their sense of direction and have their questions answered with Dr. Giuseppe Iaria, who also speaks about DTD. Relevant section begins at at 12 minute and 15 second mark. Click here to listen in a flash webplayer, or here to download an .mp3.

    2015 - 02 - 23: 'You Are Here" CBC Radio.
    ...but how do you know exactly where you are? And then how do you know how to get from there...to somewhere else? IDEAS producer Dave Redel explores new ideas about why some people are wizards at navigation, while others get completely lost. Click here to listen to the episode.

    2014 - 11 - 19: 'What It's Like to Feel Lost in Your Own Home' New York Magazine.
    When Judy Bentley was in her first year of high school, she started feeling lost. Not just in the existential or emotional sense shared by generations of high-school freshman, but literally lost ó she simply forgot how to navigate her high school. Bentley didn't know it then, but she was showing the first signs of developmental topographical disorientation, a relatively rare and newly discovered neurological disorder that messes with the internal maps humans use to navigate, even in familiar surroundings. Read the article here.

    2013 - 12 - 02: "Where am I?' CBC Documentary.
    Where Am I? is a documentary about the skills we use (or lack!) to find our way around. Click here to read more, view the trailer, or watch the episode.

    2013 - 05 - 04: 'Lost Every Day' New York Times Op-Doc.
    An excellent article and short documentary by Michelle Coomber on developmental topographical disorientation was recently published on NYTimes.com. Click here to read the article and watch the video. The Lancet also featured additional coverage on this story, available here.

    2011 - 01 - 25: 'Lost And Found' RadioLab.
    In this episode, Radiolab steers its way through a series of stories about getting lost, and asks how our brains, and our hearts, help us find our way back home. Click here to listen to the edpisode.

    2009 - 11 - 01: 'Global Impositioning Systems' The Walrus.
    Is GPS technology actually harming our sense of direction? Click here to read the article.

    Additional Media Coverage:

    2011 - 12 - 03: 'Losing and finding our way' Glimpse Journal.
    2009 - 11 - 01: 'Lost in space' The Scientist.