Nobel Prize for the brain's GPS discovery

06 Oct 2014 16:59 #1 by Grady

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain's "GPS system".

UK-based researcher Prof John O'Keefe as well as May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser share the award.

They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one place to another.

Their findings may help explain why Alzheimer's disease patients cannot recognise their surroundings.

I wonder if this would also explain why some people have a better sense of direction than others. Or why certain types of landmarks help some people navigate while they don't help other members of society.

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08 Oct 2014 20:23 #2 by ScienceChic's the bomb! Certainly differences in working efficiency of that area of the brain could affect individual's abilities in spatial memory. The question is, can it be repaired if damaged by disease, or improved in those who are below norm?

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