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Girlfriend, Where’s My Car?

By Tim Hannan

Men and women use different strategies to find their car, with different degrees of success.

For some, locating one’s vehicle in the car park of a shopping centre is quite a straightforward process that follows an internalised spatial map. For others, however, it is often a hesitant venture into an unfamiliar maze characterised by random wandering in a manner reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode. A recent study by a group of Dutch researchers found that difficulties in locating one’s car are surprisingly common, and added the intriguing finding that men and women may use quite different strategies, with varying degrees of success.

Tim Hannan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, and the President of the Australian Psychological Society.

This Is Not My Beautiful Wife

By Tim Hannan

The Capgras delusion raises interesting questions about how the brain attaches emotional responses to familiar faces.

Waking up in hospital after a neurological event can be a disturbing experience. Waking up to discover that your family has disappeared and been replaced by duplicates, aliens or robots is perhaps somewhat more unsettling – for you, and for the family you no longer acknowledge as your own.

Tim Hannan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, and the President of the Australian Psychological Society.