In a shock medical finding, researchers from the University College London have revealed that Hackney Carriage operators appear to have rudimentary brains.
Prior to this research it was believed cabbies operated their vehicles with zero cerebral input. Evidence for this was the habitual disregard for other road users, and the ability to spout right wing claptrap while braking suddenly to execute u-turns.
The BBC reports that the Memory & Space Group at London’s Welcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging scanned the craniums of London taxi drivers and, for the first time, found a tiny number of working brain cells.
The research – “Neural Substrates in Driving Behaviour” – has been published in the journal NeuroImage. Researchers noted how different tasks (route planning, dealing with unexpected hazards, running down cyclists) were associated with activity across different parts of the brain.
London cab driver Terry Savage said: “I ‘ad that Eleanor Maguire in the back of my cab once.”