By on March 27, 2017

navigation car GPS

A new study suggests drivers who follow GPS directions regularly do not engage their hippocampus, highly limiting the development of an internal map and making them more dependent on navigation devices. We’ve all heard accounts of London cabbies with juicy, swollen central lobes, stemming from the requisite training and memorization of city streets and landmarks. It turns out the inverse may also be true. This may be another classic case of if you don’t use it, you lose it.

The University College London discovered the hippocampus (used for direction and memory) and the prefrontal cortex (used for decision-making) both saw elevated levels of activity whenever drivers turned down unfamiliar streets or had free-choice to follow along their route. However, those making use of navigational systems produced no additional activity in those areas whatsoever. Zero, zilch, nada.  (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • pmirp1: Lou_BC, yeah right, has nothing to do with American masculinity. But for weak people like Dal that is...
  • Skippity: MRF 95 T-Bird If it shrinks being on the Giorgio Platform I think it’ll suffer.
  • 285exp: @Lou “Most won’t travel enough to use a 500 mile range” Just screw the ones who do, right? And the problem...
  • Skippity: Nah. May a draw younger crowd.
  • Skippity: Need?

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Jo Borras
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber