Thursday, 2 December 2010

GPS Make oversexed you senile?

GPS Make oversexed you senile?
The parents mostly rely on the GPS method in finding a location.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 05:43 GMT
Indra Darmawan
Over-reliance on GPS make people become senile? (

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VIVAnews - Technology is present to facilitate the task of human beings. But what would happen if advanced technology can actually be bad for your self?

For example the use of satellite-based navigation devices Global Positioning System (GPS). According to the researchers, the use of GPS was too much can actually disrupt your memory system.

According to research conducted by a team from McGill University, Montreal Canada, GPS users have the risk to suffer from memory problems and orientation of the place. This research uses fMRI or functional magnetic resonance imaging, to scan the brains of people under investigation.

The study used two methods namely method of spatial navigation strategies and methods of stimulus-response strategy. The first method of making people to rely on a few landmarks (the benchmark) to build awareness of their location.

With this method. people who stray will still find unique buildings or structures characterized by their ever encountered on the road, without the help of a physical map or GPS.

The method of stimulus-response strategy, researching the people who travel with the same route continuously, memorize their routes through the routine, and it represents the people who normally use the alias otopilot mode using GPS devices.

Apparently, from the research revealed that younger respondents are most highly dependent on spatial navigation technique to find the location of objects they are looking for, while the older respondents most rely on stimulus-response method.

According to the researchers, the respondents who use spatial navigation strategies (non-GPS method) successfully increased the activity of the hippocampus in their brains, the part responsible for memory and navigation.

While the respondents who rely on stimulus-response methods such as GPS, it has a risk of stagnation of growth in the hippocampus in their brains. In fact, some memory loss diseases, such as Alzheimer's, have an effect on the hippocampus first.

"Building awareness of the map (using non-GPS), it takes time and effort, however, this is like the" use it or lose it, "for use of the hippocampus," said Veronique Bohbot, heads a team of researchers from McGill University, the site Physorg.

Indeed, the researchers did not recommend for people to abandon the use of GPS at all. GPS remains a very useful tool when looking for new locations that have never visited. However, turn off the GPS when I got home of course will train the mind so that we are not too many depend on these technologies.

According Bohbot using regular spatial memory, may enhance the function of the hippocampus and help fend off cognitive destruction as an increasingly older age. Bohbot is also concerned with reducing the use of spatial navigation in fact could even accelerate Alzheimer's attacks' or dementia (senility). (Sj)



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