New research from the University College London suggests that using satellite navigation or satnav technology shuts off certain parts of the brain. In the experiment, researchers conducted brain scans on two groups of people — those using satellite navigation in a driving simulation and those not using navigation.
When a group navigated manually, the brain activity level spiked. In contrast, no brain activity was picked up by the scans amongst the satnav (satellite navigation) users. Researchers concluded when you have a technology directing you where to go, your brain no longer holds any interest in the streets around you.
It is unclear whether the brain’s reaction to satellite navigation usage affects alertness or traffic accidents. But anything that causes a driver to pay attention to their screen instead of the road has the potential to create accidents for that reason alone.
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