Modern spatio-temporal decision-making is almost always supported by geographic information dis-plays (GIDs) such as digital maps with navigation guidance. However, our understanding of the interaction between a user and such a display is largely informed by previous research on GIDs that are not human-responsive (e.g., capable of supporting users with both high and low spatial ability) or context-responsive (e.g., usable for both everyday navigation and evacuations). The GeoViSense project aims to inform the development of modern GIDs by employing a combination of observation and experimentation in real and virtual environments. Towards this end, we will investigate individual differences in users’ strategies for interacting with GIDs, the impact of a stressful context on users’ physiological responses, and so forth. The results of these studies will be used to develop new methods for GID inter-action such as the emphasis of emotionally significant landmarks on a map display and the generalization of landmarks at the behaviorally relevant scale during different stages of navigation.