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Do our brains pay a price for GPS?

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The study underscores that how our brain works is subject to use; the brain is plastic, and the more mental mapping we do, the stronger our cognitive navigation skills and the bigger the part of the brain that encodes them. “You’re losing this chance to have a greater awareness of your environment,” Huth said. “It’s almost like depriving yourself of music, or a conversation with another person. There’s a richness that you’re missing out on.”

And that's scary.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I totally feel like my short term memory is not that great bec of GOOGLE and GPS. I rely so heavily on those two. I also don't remember phone numbers. Maybe a good exercise one day would be to memorize all my contacts? Also- taking different routes on the road and figuring out how to get back home without GPS?