The size of a London taxi driver’s brain changes when he is learning the quickest way around the capital, MRI scans reveal. This is a learning task that takes between two and four years.
Would-be taxi drivers have to learn 320 routes within a six mile radius of Charing Cross. This means learning and remembering 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks and places of local interest. They must know the quickest way to get from one place to an other and the names of the streets used.
Dozens of trainee drivers had MRI scans before and after they had completed this learning. These drivers were of mixed ages and education. The University College London team, writing in Current Biology, found brain parts linked to memory grew bigger. They said it proved the brain could adapt to new tasks, even in at any age.
So, what does this mean for us? It means that your brain doesn’t have to get weak and feeble as you age, it can get bigger and better! It means that we should always be learning new things, we should be giving ourselves new challenges and we should be forcing our brains to do harder and unusual things. Here’s a few that will get you started.
1)Get a spell checker on your computer.
2)Learn another computer function.
3)Start doing word and number puzzles, make sure you finish them by having a peek at the solutions and keep moving up to harder ones.
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