Children allowed to explore a distance beyond their home either alone or with friends are more confident and accomplished in navigational skills as adults, researchers report.
Overactive hippocampal activity may explain why some older people have trouble with spatial navigation and learning.
Brain oscillations may help explain the link between individual neurons and larger scale networks for understanding spatial navigation.
People with mild cognitive impairment who had positive biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease in their cerebrospinal fluid performed worse on virtual reality navigation tasks. Virtual reality which incorporates navigational tasks could prove a helpful tool in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease for those at risk.
Sea Hero Quest, a navigation themed cell phone game, is helping researchers to identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Those with a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's perform worse on the spatial navigation tasks in the game, taking more time and less efficient routes to checkpoint goals.
During navigation tasks using a 'smell scape', the entorhinal cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex elicit grid cell-like activity.
Researchers have designed and developed a new MEG brain scanner that allows patients to move while undergoing neuroimaging evaluations.
Researchers have developed a new maze to help test spatial and navigational memory. The new honeycomb maze is a significant improvement over the standard Morris Water Maze, researchers report.