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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

 Research from scientists from the University of Warwick reveals a women’s level of confidence plays a key role in their ability to perform spatial tasks. Dr. Zachary Estes explains:

Our research suggests that by making a woman feel better about herself, she’ll become better at spatial tasks – which in the real world means tasks such as parking the car or reading a map. So a little bit of confidence-boosting may go a long way when it comes to reversing the car into a tight parking spot.

The full study, Confidence Mediates the Sex Difference in Mental Rotation Performance can be found in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

- Medical Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 05:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Vlad Savov, at The Verge, argues the latest update of Nokia 3D Maps is not just pretty, but useful.

Nokia's web-based Maps 3D client has grown exponentially more useful today with the introduction of new search, directions, and social sharing options. You can now explore any of 25 cities around the world by items of interest, check out reviews of local businesses where available, and obtain walking or driving directions to any destination within the city limits. Routes can then be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or via the conveniently provided shortened URL, and the same can also be done with any locations on the map. The whole experience is accompanied by grand, sweeping animations that zoom you in and out of locations. Maps 3D was always a very pretty exhibition of the world's most popular cities, but now that it's added legitimate utility to its arsenal, we're only left to wonder when we'll see it as a native app on our Windows Phones.

- The Verge

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 05:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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