No matter where I’ve been in the wilds I have never gotten lost. Sound strange? I’m not the only one! Be it in wilds that I know or that I don’t know I’ve always known what direction to go to get back to my starting point or wherever I wanted to go and this is what we might call our “internal compass” at work and there is scientific proof for such an ability.
Back in 2014 University College London conducted a study using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and found the part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate around. The strength of the signal predicts how well we can navigate, which means, those with strong signals tend to navigate better than those with low signals.
Some people are better navigators than others but up until this study we really didn’t know why. This study showed that the strength and reliability of our inner “homing signals” vary among people and predict our navigational skills. Some people tend to get lost a lot and this is because the strength of their directional or “homing” signal is weak (like my grandfather who was forever getting lost in the wilds!). Continue Reading