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Linking hippocampal changes of London taxi drivers with memory changes due to education

3 April 2005

Rainer Spiegel

A recent study by Mellanie Springer and colleagues (1) was highlighted in the Tidbit section of Science of Aging Knowledge Environment (2). According to this study, longer and more extensive education is linked with more frontal lobe activity of the brain. In my opinion, this result nicely coincides with the study of Eleanor Maguire et al. (3), who found that London taxi drivers develop larger hippocampi with more experience (the hippocampus is a part of the brain dealing with navigational issues). A non-specialist summary of the cab driver study can be found at (4).

(1) M.V. Springer et al. (2005). The relation between brain activity during memory tasks and years of education in young and older adults. Neuropsychology, 19, 181-192.

(2) Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. (2005), 13 fw13 [30 March 2005]

(3) E. A. Maguire et al. (2000). Navigation-related structural change in the hippocampi of taxi drivers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 97(8), 4398-403.

(4) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/677048.stm


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