Using GPS “switches off” part of the brain needed in navigation

FoXtroT

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I can certainly attest to the fact that GPS has made me poorer at navigation when using it. It becomes too much of a crutch.
 

RaptorSA

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"bilateral inferior lateral prefrontal activity"

Jirre, sounded like something I'd want to do with a woman.
Thanks for spoiling it, article.
 

Chevron

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I can certainly attest to the fact that GPS has made me poorer at navigation when using it. It becomes too much of a crutch.
This.

If I write the directions on paper I can come back to the place again without help. Using the GPS though I need multiple trips to remember the route.
 

Chris.Geerdts

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I find it helps to always be aware of the route the GPS is trying to take and why. Sometimes I even go a different way from what is suggested. That's probably the older gen in me speaking but it not only assists with general awareness (probably that hippocampus lighting up), but sometimes gets me out of potential navigational stuff-ups.
 

grok

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What a surprise, using a remote control "switches off" part of the brain needed in getting up to change the channel.. :)
 

greg0205

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Someone thought solving this mystery was important enough to finance?

Common sense, really IS a superpower.
 

access

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not a friend of gps, but its better than paging through a map book and trying to follow where to go while going there.

took a while for me to wean the wife off it. she couldn't go anywhere without the thing, even to places weve been before. drove me nuts.
 

supersunbird

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Doesn't have the stated affect on me, I'm always trying to figure out the lay of the land as I'm going along and if I would not take a different route. I don't have to reuse if I've driven a route with it once.

But it is useful for rerouting interactively due to updating itself due to traffic build ups.
 

Beachless

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So this doesn't change anything for men? They've been told how, where and how fast to drive for ages already.
 

Dan C

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Mine has a sexy female voice. Cheers me up in the morning to work :p
 
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