Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letter to the Editor

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letter to the Editor

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Referencing Ron Shaklee's article, "Route Recalculation..." in the Spring 2017 Forum - "Are our intellectual skills diminished by technology? I suspect not. Hopefully, it allows our intellects to be redirected toward the enhancements of other skill sets" (p. 25).

Maybe, maybe not. After recalling a study of London cabbies, their ability to navigate "the world's most confusing city," and the impact on their brains (specifically, the hippocampus) of becoming navigational experts, Jennifer Ackerman, in The Genius of Birds, makes the following point about technology and its possible negative impact:

"If our human navigational efforts shape our hippocampus, what happens when we stop using it for this purpose - when we lean too hard on technology such as GPS, which makes navigation a brain-free endeavor? GPS replaces navigational demands with a very pure form of stimulus-response behavior (turn left, turn right). …

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