Did you know that people tend to walk in circles? It’s true. Studies show that if you’re blindfolded or lost in the woods you’re likely to go in circles.
This is one reason why you should stop walking when you realize that you’re lost. You’re just expending energy and may not be getting anywhere.
Jan Souman, a behavioral psychologist, performed a study to test this. He asked people to walk as straight as possible for a few hours— some in a forest, others in a desert, and still others performed the test blindfolded. He said, “Just walking in a straight line seems like such a simple and natural thing to do, but if you think about it, it’s quite a complicated thing going on in the brain.”