Just Behave - A Column From Search Engine LandIn the last column, we explored how navigation can become a habit. Ann Graybiel’s work shows how regular paths become etched in our basal ganglia, limiting the need for conscious interaction. When we do something enough and the situation seems familiar, we can cruise through on autopilot, saving our prefrontal cortex for more urgent demands. This is how you can drive home from work and really not remember how you got from point A to B. You didn’t need to think, so there were no conscious memory traces laid. The sub-cortical brain was doing all the work

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