Gopukumar Kumarpillai, and  Samhita K

Bangalore Neuro Centre, Bengaluru

Maps have been used largely as a pinpointing instrument to disclose the subject’s internal image.

The aim of the present research is to examine the perception of the utility and usefulness of maps among adults.
Twenty six participants (22 female and 4 male) were recruited for this survey. The respondents were residents of the Indian metropolitan cities (Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi).  All participants were between the ages of 20 and 63.  Using content analysis, we examined the common themes and ideas of the respondents.

Four most important usefulness of maps were

  1. “helpful to locate places” (78.2%),
  2. “information about restaurants, stations, touring places” (56.1%),
  3. “to aid in the calculation of distance between two places” (21.1%), and
  4. “to develop visual and spatial skills” (21.1%).

The responses indicate that maps are used mainly for navigation. However, only 13.04% of the participants answered “territorial borders”, which suggests the boundaries of the land to define ownership.

Most people use general-purpose maps, but few people use information/guide maps. Maps are an important invention and help one to be an informed citizen geographer. Mapping by one’s intellect is the final solution which our spiritual leaders tried to explore as explained in the ancient Indian scriptures. Finally map in its physical form creates a corresponding cognitive map in the brain.


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