This strong tendency towards scanning all options before selecting one is at the core of why native drop-downs are a poor choice for navigation. When open, a native drop-down only utilize ~50% of the screen, which made it needlessly difficult for the subjects to get an overview of their options. (source)
Short article about the advantages of the omnipresent off-canvas design pattern mostly used for navigation: Off-Canvas Design Pattern FTW!
Promising technique described by Braden Kowitz:
Story-centered design forces us to ride along with customers through every single step. That gives the entire team (designers, engineers, CEO) a system for making design decisions based on how people will actually experience the product. (Source)