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People who grow up outside of cities have a better sense of direction


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People who grow up outside of cities have a better sense of direction

Humans 6 February 2020 By Jason Arunn Murugesu People who grew up in cities with more grid-like streets were worse at navigationTetra Images, LLC/Alamy Stock PhotoGrowing up outside a city may give you a better sense of direction, according to an analysis of data from the mobile video game Sea Hero Quest. The game was…

People who grow up outside of cities have a better sense of direction


Humans



6 February 2020

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

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People who grew up in cities with more grid-like streets were worse at navigation

Tetra Images, LLC/Alamy Stock Photo

Growing up outside a city may give you a better sense of direction, according to an analysis of data from the mobile video game Sea Hero Quest. The game was designed in association with Alzheimer’s Research UK to help study the mental processes involved in spatial navigation.

Antoine Coutrot at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and his colleagues analysed game data for more than 440,000 people aged 19 to 70 from 38 countries.

The data was …

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