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Debuting her book on navigating city streets with new eyes, Prof. Alexandra Horowitz pens piece for The New York Times

In The New York Times, psychology professor Alexandra Horowitz published an opinion piece adapted from her forthcoming book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. An excerpt:

"Nobody in their right mind visits Midtown Manhattan during the holidays. The reason is simple: everyone, it seems, is in Midtown Manhattan during the holidays. Drawn to the scene like lacewings to streetlights, tourists jam the sidewalks, the crowds slow-moving, veering, shopping-bag-laden, and only vaguely walking forward.

New Yorkers normally roll their eyes, but they ought to take a closer look: watching these tourists interrupt the flow of traffic shows us how well pedestrians in our city usually move. This year I slowed down and observed them."

Read the full piece.

Prof. Horowitz's research is in animal cognition, and she is the author of the bestseller Inside of a dog: What dogs see, smell, and know.