Why going Gps-free trains your brain
Memorising a run can boost your grey matter
USING YOUR PHONE or GPS to find your way on a run could rob your brain of a workout. Professor Eleanor Maguire, a neuroscientist at University College London, recently showed that two areas of the brain – the retrosplenial cortex and the hippocampus – help us create a cognitive map when we’re orienting ourselves. This develops a more neuron-dense hippocampus (associated with memory, perception and imagination). Using GPS denies the brain a broader spatial context from which it can learn, says Julia Frankenstein, a psychologist at the University of Mannheim, Germany. ‘It’s likely that the more we rely on technology, the less we build up our own cognitive maps.’
MEMORY STICKS Find your way around and you’ll be on the road to a sharper mind.