One group learned the same route over and over while another group learned 20 different routes. Brief navigational training is enough to change the hippocampus and how it is linked to other areas. Learning a new route causes the brain to change its structure, a new study finds.
- For the study, people played a driving simulation game.
- The change was seen in the left posterior dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus central to spatial learning.
- In addition, the connectivity between this region and others was increased.