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25 April 2017

Devices like the GPS built into your smartphone or car have revolutionised the way we travel

Devices like the GPS built into your smartphone or car have revolutionised the way we travel. Researchers have discovered that these gadgets do such a good job, parts of our brains switch off when we use them. When they asked volunteers to manually navigate through a simulation of central London, brain scans regularly registered spikes of activity in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, regions of the brain involved in memory, navigation, planning and decision-making. When simply following GPS instructions, there was no such additional activity.

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