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Posit Science has just added a module about navigation on their Brain HQ suite of exercises. These exercises help improve visual spatial skills needed for navigation so, hopefully, I won't get lost as much!
Apparently, there is a lot to navigation. It relies on higher level cognitive skills such as attention, memory, and perception. Brain HQ helps navigation by through exercises designed to create and mentally manipulate spatial representations of a scene, remember relative locations of landmarks, and avoid potential hazards on the route.
Improving navigation also has the interesting affect on other skills. Learning to manipulate information mentally not only improves navigation, it has also been shown to improve mental arithmetic. If my Gentle Readers remember my results from Cogmed, I was having trouble remembering how to add more than 3 easy numbers in my head. So, we shall see if this improves my math skills. I am hoping that by working on visual spatial skills, I will also improve the visual spatial memory exercises in Cogmed that I am having trouble with.