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Trust in high-tech navigation tools can harm your brain and even increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

Relying on satnavs and apps for reading cards can lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer's, expert fear

  • Dependency on & # 39; dangerous & # 39; gadgets cuts people off from the real natural world
  • Parts of the brain responsible for navigation are not used, warns David Barrie
  • In addition to medical problems, he said that satnavs suffer from practical errors
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Trust in high-tech navigation tools can harm your brain and even increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, it was claimed yesterday.

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Over the course of thousands of years, people have developed a keen sense of their environment, but this is lost when satnavs take over, warned navigation expert David Barrie.

He said that people using Google Maps, satnavs and other & # 39; very sad, dangerous & # 39; gadgets cut themselves off from the world and possibly keep their brains – especially the hippocampus, engaged in learning and memory – from building resilience it requires later in life.

Trust in high-tech navigation tools can harm your brain and even increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

Trust in high-tech navigation tools can harm your brain and even increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

the use of Google Maps, satnavs and other & # 39; very sad, dangerous & # 39; gadgets prevents the brain - especially the hippocampus, which deals with learning and memory - from building up a resilience that it needs later in life (stock image)

the use of Google Maps, satnavs and other & # 39; very sad, dangerous & # 39; gadgets prevents the brain - especially the hippocampus, which deals with learning and memory - from building up a resilience that it needs later in life (stock image)

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the use of Google Maps, satnavs and other & # 39; very sad, dangerous & # 39; gadgets prevents the brain – especially the hippocampus, which deals with learning and memory – from building up a resilience that it needs later in life (stock image)

"Crucially, as we become increasingly dependent on these electronic gadgets to find our way, we are increasingly cut off from the natural world," said Barrie, a former British diplomat, to an audience at the Hay Festival.

& # 39; This sense of immersion in nature, and losing yourself in the natural world and the extraordinary rewards that come from it, well you lose that.

There may also be deeper problems, because the parts of your brain that are responsible for your ability to navigate need practice and if they are not practiced, they literally shrink.

& # 39; It is quite possible that people who fall victim to Alzheimer's disease, who usually first manifest themselves in the form of disorientation, have already shrunk their hippocampus due to lack of use or are considerably less resilient to the attacks cope with the disease.

Mr Barrie, who has written books on animal navigation, including how dung beetles steer using the light of the Milky Way, added that, in addition to the mental problems that risk navigation gadgets, there are practical disadvantages to using them (stock image)
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Mr Barrie, who has written books on animal navigation, including how dung beetles steer using the light of the Milky Way, added that, in addition to the mental problems that risk navigation gadgets, there are practical disadvantages to using them (stock image)

Mr Barrie, who has written books on animal navigation, including how dung beetles steer using the light of the Milky Way, added that, in addition to the mental problems that risk navigation gadgets, there are practical disadvantages to using them (stock image)

So that is actually quite a good reason to keep those parts of the brain by exercising them. & # 39;

Mr. Barrie, who has written books on animal navigation, including how dung beetles steer using the light of the Milky Way, added that, in addition to the mental problems that risk navigation gadgets, there are practical disadvantages to using them.

& # 39; It doesn't always work, especially in cities where you can come across a lot of reflections of buildings & # 39 ;, he said.

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