Getting Lost

In his 2010 book, Why People Get Lost, neuroscientist Paul Dudchenko considers the cognitive processes involved in wayfinding and how these processes can get disrupted. From rats running through mazes to expert navigators scaling mountains, he argues that individuals get lost when their brain’s compass becomes disoriented. Here, he explains why that happens, how the experience of getting lost can improve your navigational skills and why disorientation can be distressing or thrilling.