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    news The gps and the involution of the hypothalamus

    Google Maps, Waze or any other conventional geolocation application are replacing the work that humans had done for thousands of years to locate themselves. People who use GPS a lot gradually lose their [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and the ability to create mental maps, this decreases their orientation skills and impairs the production of memories, they stop stimulating very archaic areas of the brain that have been working for centuries and we are in danger of this affecting our mental health in old age.

    The French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, considered that evolution was governed by a very basic principle: the frequent and sustained use of an organ makes it strengthen little by little, giving it a power proportional to the duration of its use. Several investigations by University College London have shown that before the rise of GPS, the hippocampus of taxi drivers in the English capital was growing as they memorized streets and addresses of the city. According to these studies, taxi drivers had a larger hippocampus than the rest of the population as a result of their intensive spatial mapping and their multisensory experience of the city. On the contrary, the organ that has been little used or is in disuse will end up weakening. This process is called “involution”, and it implies that fewer biological efforts are spent to keep this structure active. Thus it loses its functionality, is reduced in size, atrophies and becomes what is known as a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

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    With a more rational use of their GPS, they will get a better development of their memory, and to help them, a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has created Soundscape, a sound GPS based on a three-dimensional spatial audio system. The free application was designed above all to improve the mobility conditions of blind people, it works as an auditory compass that restores the active role to the citizen in the exploration of places and helps to generate more precise cognitive maps, thus protecting the work of the hippocampus.

    On the official Microsoft website, you can read that Soundscape works on iPhone SE, iPhone 6S or later, here is the link: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]



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    The deterioration began to happen, evolve and worsen not only because of the GPS but before it, when people stopped dialing manually and remembering phone numbers.

    It is Soundscape. Not Sondscape.

    Seems that part of the phenomenon is also to remember words and all their letters

    And it's just for iOS? strange...

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    Interesting read I don't think I've been affected yet as I can still find my way to my local Pub, must admit though I sometimes get lost on the way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwbs View Post
    @Durandarte

    The deterioration began to happen, evolve and worsen not only because of the GPS but before it, when people stopped dialing manually and remembering phone numbers.

    @kwbs I think that your comment is very correct, and that what we call deterioration is only evolution, it occurs to me that with the use of the first paths, the need to take references and accumulate information in memory should be reduced.

    Does not find it surprising that a long time later, the hypothalamus of taxi drivers suffered a greater development due to the need to memorize a large number of paths to properly perform their work?

    It is Soundscape. Not Sondscape.

    Seems that part of the phenomenon is also to remember words and all their letters

    The post does not intend to encourage a lower use of GPS, its intention is to provoke reflection on how healthy it is to exercise our memory, especially my own.

    And it's just for iOS? strange...

    It is easy to find supposed [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] , this is one of them, be cautious.


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