Researchers reveal why depending on a GPS may be bad for your health

Time to fess up -- millions of drivers would be lost without GPS navigation, and we know you're one of them.

According to the New York Times, researchers say the human mind is good at developing "mental maps" of an area, and with more practice, the skill can grow stronger.

Julia Frankenstein, a psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Freiburg, says with an increased dependency on GPS, our minds lose the ability to use and create mental maps.

The Boston Globe reports researchers found that becoming overly reliant on GPS might be bad for our minds because generating mental maps plays a role in other daily activities.

A recent study in the U.K. states that a quarter of drivers there use navigation out of habit even on routes they used to take without any help.

Half of the respondents say they zone out and barely read road signs while using the GPS.

A video released by Mytaxi shows a clueless cab driver trying to navigate through the city. When the driver's GPS malfunctioned, he couldn't navigate through the city. His mental map appeared to be non-existent, and he couldn't take any of the passengers to their locations.

He probably should have at least asked for directions, but we all know how men can be!

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Improving your brain health by consuming more omega-3s may be easier than you think.


Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3s, particularly wild salmon or fish oil extracted from salmon.

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Flax Seeds

Flax seeds, according to Nutrition Data, have the highest levels of omega-3s than any other substance on earth.

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Walnuts are a great source of omega-3s. Try replacing your everyday vegetable oil with walnut oil to ensure a higher consumption of omega-3s.

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Sardines can make a great addition to your next salad, as well as possessing a high level of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Spinach is another omega-3-rich food that would go great on your next salad.

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You may be surprised to learn that Oscar Mayer ham, according to Nutrition Data, contains as high a level of omega-3s when baked or cooked as many varieties of fish.

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Many spices are high in omega-3s, offering an opportunity to add this vital ingredient into your diet while seasoning your favorite meals. Among the spices that are high in omega-3s, oregano ranks at the top of the list.

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Boxed Cereal

Meats, vegetables, and nuts are not the only vital sources of omega-3s out there. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that certain boxed cereals, like Uncle Sam, have significantly high levels of omega-3s.

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Tarragon is both a spice high in omega-3s and an excellent way to season your next chicken meal.

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds aren't just a furry desk pet anymore. Chia seeds offer higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than any other seed.

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