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Eleanor Maguire studies the navigation-related structural changes in the hippocampi of taxi drivers. An expert explains the hippocampus and the navigational education of London taxi drivers. "The Knowledge" takes years to learn.

Methodology (03:16)

Eleanor Maguire discusses the search for taxi drivers and the criteria for the navigation study. The 16 sample members receive an MRI that uses voxel based morphometery. MRI results are compared to scans from a control group.

Findings & Explanations (03:57)

Eleanor Maguire discusses the results of taxi driver MRI testing using a triangulation of methods. The posterior hippocampus shows more gray matter while the anterior hippocampus shows less. Maguire explains the relevance of plasticity.

Implications (03:15)

Eleanor Maguire considers the importance of the hippocampus in human navigation and its relationship between spacial navigation and memory. Maguire's study reveals that brain structure may change in adulthood.

Evaluation (01:03)

An expert discusses the aspects of Eleanor Maguire’s “Navigation-Related Structural Changes in the Hippocampi of Taxi Drivers.” Eleanor Maguire considers the implications of the study and its effect on future research.

Credits: Maguire: Navigation and Brain Structure—Core Studies in Psychology (00:24)

Credits: Maguire: Navigation and Brain Structure—Core Studies in Psychology

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Maguire: Navigation and Brain Structure—Core Studies in Psychology

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Eleanor Maguire’s “Navigation-Related Structural Changes in the Hippocampi of Taxi Drivers” explored the relationship between neuroplasticity and environment—and what it suggested about stimulation of the human brain sparked the 1990s craze for brain-fitness games and exercises. In this program, Dr. Maguire discusses her study of London’s cabbies and their ability to navigate the city without a map. Her explanation of how the study was designed and carried out also stands as a lesson in the basics of nonexperimental research methods. Part of the series Core Studies in Psychology. (15 minutes)

Length: 15 minutes

Item#: FMK49812

ISBN: 978-1-61753-448-5

Copyright date: ©2010

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