Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Route Finding

  • Chava CrequeEmail author
  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1486

Synonyms

Route learning; Spatial competence; Spatial orientation; Visuospatial processing

Definition

Route finding is the ability to perceive spatial relations between objects and navigate between said objects literally or within a written map-like scenario. It is an ability related to executive functioning. Route-finding difficulties are often found in children with reading disorders, autism, and attentional problems. Route-finding deficits are also common after brain injury and are likely due to defective representational thinking. People with route-finding difficulties often have difficulty with directionality, estimating distance, self-monitoring, symbolic representations, and other executive functions. They may be unable to follow a route or find their way from one location to another.

Cross-References

References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and NeuroscienceUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA