Is your hippocampus bigger than mine?

 

Here's an interesting article:

Is GPS ruining our ability to navigate for ourselves?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/is-gps-ruining-our-...

I'm not sure about how much I agree with; e.g., have the GPS plan a route, study it at home, then drive to the destination without the GPS's help confused

GPS

I usually have a good idea where I'm going to, but I use the Garmin as reinforcement!

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That's me, all right

I know I've become dependent on my GPS. There are some places I've gone many times using my GPS, but if you held a gun to my head, I wouldn't know how to get there without my it.

Phil.

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GPS

I mostly use GPS to help stay close to the speed limit. If I am going on a trip, I already have a good idea where I am going. The GPS is more of an aid.

Hard to Tell

A good article that raises an interesting question. It seems reasonable that the hippocampus, like other parts of the brain, requires exercise to remain effective.

What the article ignores though is that there is an improved safety factor with GPS use. If used responsibly and not allowed to become a distraction, a GPS can eliminate unnecessary U turns, stopping to ask directions, driving farther than necessary and promote marital harmony.

An automobile accident is likely to damage your hippocampus more severely than GPS use IMO.

I've always had a good sense of direction which, over the last few years, appears to be waning somewhat. Its hard to tell if it is an age thing or as a result of GPS use.

Although I carry a GPSr with me wherever I go, I don't always use it. Like Craig, I usually plan longer trips at home and review the route on a map for possible errors. Looking at the map on a large computer screen gives perspective or a "big picture" which is difficult to view on the GPSr itself. Hopefully, this will offset some of the negative effects associated with GPS use.

It remains to be seen whether my hippocampus gives out before some other vital brain function.

Mine

My hippocampus look like a prune already.

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Navigating

At one time I would never think I would ever need a GPS.
If I had to go someplace I would look at a map once and never have to look again.
Then I had a accident at work where I fell off the top of a 10 ft ladder. I ended up with a 3 rd deg concussion that screwed up my short term memory. Now I thank God for my GPS.
Without it I would be lost a lot of times.

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Sigh...

Sadly, I rely on my GPS frequently when I visit various offices that I support. I have an old nüvi 760 and I listen to audio books on it through the car stereo. I pay little attention to the route and just let Jack tell me where to go. There are offices I have visited many times that Jack drives me to. If I had to get there on my own I would need to consult a map or get a route from google maps or something.

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hippocampus

A hippocampus must be HUGE
A high school is big, and that's made for kids, a college for hippos must be enormous
smile

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If only ..

The list

almostbob wrote:

A hippocampus must be HUGE
A high school is big, and that's made for kids, a college for hippos must be enormous
smile

I suppose we should compile a list of the hippocampi by size. A new POI file anyone? wink

Here's the first two entries!

CraigW wrote:
almostbob wrote:

A hippocampus must be HUGE
A high school is big, and that's made for kids, a college for hippos must be enormous
smile

I suppose we should compile a list of the hippocampi by size. A new POI file anyone? wink

38.897671,-77.036475

38.889912,-77.009073

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Crap!

I thought it said 'hipaacampus'... I work in healthcare....

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No need to search

camerabob wrote:

I thought it said 'hipaacampus'... I work in healthcare....

To save some of you a search, HIPAA:

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA does the following: Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;Mar 18, 2015

Thinking is overrated anyway!

Brain mine work goodly.

using GPS

I don't use the GPS all of the time but I do like it if I take a wrong turn or if there is a road block for some reason. I can feel confident I will find my way to my destination.

but we all know

Thinking is the best way to travel!

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I think, therefore I'm not

I reckon I be good at this thinking lark
I got brains I haven't even used yet

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If only ..

GPS & Knowing where to go

Generally, in Florida and a couple other states, I can find my way around. But, in cities and to find something specific - I find I'm just about lost without a GPS. How did I used to do this?

I know a lot of the pig trails to get around and to where I want in N.E. and Central Florida, but push me off those trails now and I'm lost. Don't know how that happened.

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Maps and more maps...

In my younger days I traveled with folded maps I'd get at Welcome Centers and Rest Stops along the highway. In the late 1990's it was the $4.97 Rand Mcnally U.S./Canada/Mexico map book you could get at Wally World. In the mid 2000's it was Mapquest print outs......And then I finally upgraded to a GPS and have never been happier... I'd be lost if I had to navigate without a GPS of some kind.

In and around my town I have no need for the GPS...but when traveling say 50+ miles from my town I prefer to have one.

Hippo..?

Don't know anything about this "Hippo" thing... and even with using my GPS, my signature says it all, ie: "I'm not really lost.... just temporarily misplaced!" wink

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I'm not really lost.... just temporarily misplaced!

Me, too.

Jim547 wrote:

...And then I finally upgraded to a GPS and have never been happier... I'd be lost if I had to navigate without a GPS of some kind.

Back in the day (before GPS's) I travelled all over the country as a consultant. One of the worst parts of my job was to fly into somewhere I'd never been before, in the middle of a snow storm, at night, and try to find my hotel using not much more than those maps I got at the car rental places. Not much fun. If I would have had a GPS, all that angst would have been avoided.

Phil

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Evolution

When I started driving I would use an atlas or folded maps to plan the route, usually while driving. Then came MapQuest and I would print my route to follow while driving. Now I use GPS. If my Hippocampus is shrinking then it must be because of evolution.

2D or 3D Map User

Could a Hippocampus brain user navigate using 2D maps while a Caudate Nucleus brain user navigate using 3D maps???

I am definitely a Hippocampus GPS user. Looking down on a map I see myself moving down a street and all the streets around me like a grid. Recalculating or just choosing to go another way is no problem, I can see all the alternatives.

I am not a Caudate Nucleus GPS user. I have tried numerous times using 3D maps and they are nothing but confusing to me. No idea how far away something is because there is no scale. No idea how surrounding roads might work for you if you wanted to change your route on the fly. It's like trying to use someone else's directions, go down here, turn left here, look for the thing-a-ma-bob on the right, etc. They usually make a mistake or miss a step in telling you something vital and its 50/50 if you make it.

If any of this holds up, what is the difference between 2D North up or a 2D direction of travel map user?

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Ok. That's interesting My

Ok. That's interesting

My brain functions only in 2d direction of travel, and if using a paper map I rotate it to direction of travel.

My brother has to have it in 2d north because he does not like the map "spinning".

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

wow

I gots a hippowachimacalit ?

Not quite

CraigW wrote:
camerabob wrote:

I thought it said 'hipaacampus'... I work in healthcare....

To save some of you a search, HIPAA:

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA does the following: Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;Mar 18, 2015

But I don't want to hijack this thread. It protects every patients right to privacy, not just the employed or recently employed. wink

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