Getting Lost: When the brain‘s navigation system gets faulty

Review on spatial navigation published in “Neuron”

Magdeburg (Germany), August 31, 2017 - Spatial navigation is one of the most complex abilities of the human mind. However, this ability often deteriorates as we get older, which can severely reduce our independence and quality of life. In addition, diseases such as Alzheimer’s can further compromise our sense of direction. A recent review article published in the journal “Neuron” provides a comprehensive review of this topic: Neuroscientist Thomas Wolbers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and colleagues describe what is known about the human sense of direction, its decline in old age, and how research on it might help the diagnosis and therapy of dementia.

Brain scientist Thomas Wolbers, Source: DZNE
Brain scientist Thomas WolbersClick on the magnifying glass for a large image.

For an interview with Thomas Wolbers, we would like you to refer to the German version of this press release.

Original Publication

“The Aging Navigational System”, Adam W. Lester et al., Neuron (2017)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2017.06.037

Further reading

A decline in navigational skills could predict neurodegenerative disease, Cell Press (2017)


Contact
Dr. Marcus Neitzert
DZNE, Communications
+49 (0) 228 / 43302-267
marcus.neitzert(at)dzne.de

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