Brains different in good vs. bad navigators

Dec 21, 2013 by

New research says that people who store relevant landmarks in their brain on a trip are better navigators than those who follow a fixed route (e.g., turn left twice, then turn right at statue). The research also indicates that there are structural differences between good and bad navigators, with good navigators having more gray matter in the hippocampus. Bad navigators had more white matter in the caudate nucleus, a region that stores spatial actions with respect to oneself.