I envy the ability of taxi drivers to learn the streets of any town

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Taxi drivers, especially it seems London taxi drivers – who are required to learn the layout of more than 25,000 of the city’s streets – have an edge over the rest of us when it comes to learning how to get around the streets of other, unfamiliar, towns and cities.

“Taxi drivers undergo years of training … Similarly in their job, day in day out, they are required to plan and execute routes,” the researchers said. “Clearly these general attentional, learning and memory mechanisms are finely-tuned and readily called upon when they are required to learn a new town.”

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