quote: For example, research at the University of London showed that part of the hippocampus of London taxi cab drivers is actually larger than that of a non-taxi driver control group. Despite the most experienced drivers having the most robust hippocampus, it's still not known whether finding those novel routes through London's Byzantine maze of streets caused the hippocampus to grow, or if having a robust hippocampus helps a person become a successful cab driver, explains Epstein.
quote: 2. Did people develop Alzheimer's all the time before cars were invented because they were not able to develop that part of their hippocampus?
quote: 3. Are these people using GPS units when walking around the house/office/etc?
quote: And I am not talking of posters here. At least you readers have some brain power. But I am amazed every day how stupid people are with everyday things.
quote: It didn't say if you use your GPS you'll get Alzheimers. It said that the decrease use of the hippocampus, in which using a GPS is ONE example, would set one up to get Alzheimers. There is no absolute link. Just that you should be able to navigate without GPS some time.
quote: McGill researchers found that excessive use of a GPS unit may lead to atrophy of the hippocampus as we age, which puts the person at risk for cognitive problems such as Alzheimer's disease later in life. Alzheimer's disease affects the hippocampus first before any other part of the brain, which leads to problems with spatial orientation and memory.
quote: Either way, using spatial strategies instead of the GPS would be helpful in lessening the deterioration of memory.
quote: Developing a cognitive map may take longer, but it's worth the investment.
quote: I've got $100 that says this is yet another mindless "stimulus" bill funding
quote: "There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere."-Isaac Asimov
quote: I guess I need to stop using my GPS...
quote: I would love to remove calculators and computers from schools. There is no reason to have them. The math teachers just have to make the problems a little easier for mental arithmetic. How do you think they did things before the 80s when calculators became affordable? It pains me when I encounter a cashier that can't recalculate the change in his/her head if I give him/her some extra change after he/she has entered it into the register. I even had one tell me "it's too late".
quote: that's not quite as sensational