Scientists learn how we find our way

Posted on February 1, 2008 

Scientists learn how we find our way

Scientists have discovered why some people get lost more often than others when trying to pick a way through city streets.

Researchers have found that two key parts of the brain work together to help humans plan and follow routes in a familiar city.

A part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories about key locations and landmarks while other brain cells – grid cells – provide our internal sense of space and distance, rather like a GPS system.

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