13 Dec 2011
We always knew that the big brains rested in the heads of those who study geography and spatial awareness. And, it goes without saying that GEOINT community is comprised of some of the brightest people on the block. But did you know that taxi-cab drivers also have big brains — literally? A new study by neuroscientists from University College London shows how taxi drivers’ hippocampi, the part of the brain that deals with memory, enlarges when they take a rigorous test where they have to memorize 25,000 streets in central London. Yep, GEOINT makes your brain bigger.
Speaking of geography education, our friends that American Geographical Society (AGS) are conducting a nationwide survey of public attitudes toward geography and knowledge about geography – as part of a major study funded by the National Science Foundation.
The overall topic is geographic literacy, which as all know is a matter of serious concern in America today. The AGS is inviting all U. S. citizens and long-term residents of the United States to take the survey. The only eligibility requirement is that you must be age 18 or older. The results will help guide Federal and state policies regarding geographic education.
So, please help spread the word for our friends at the AGS about this very important study. You can access the survey online by clicking the following link: AGS Geographic Knowledge and Values Survey.
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