Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Surfing the Net is Great for the Mind

Brain activity reading

Brain activity surfing the net



Scientists at the UCLA Semel Institute Memory & Aging Center have found that using the Internet increases neural activity in the brain - and triggers key centers in control decision-making and complex reasoning. The findings demonstrate that a good surf through the net may improve brain function.

The study, the first of its kind to assess the impact of Internet searching on brain performance, is to be in an upcoming American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry .

I'd write more, but me and my big brain are gonna go surfing now...



Small, G., Moody, T., Siddarth, P., & Bookheimer, S. (2009). Your Brain on Google: Patterns of Cerebral Activation during Internet Searching American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17 (2), 116-126 DOI: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e3181953a02

31 comments:

Palmtreechick said...

My brain must be freaking awesome then!! ;)

The Lone Beader said...

I think so! I always come up with new ideas for art I would like to create when I'm surfing the net!

OHN said...

Pretty soon, I will need a larger skull :)

Dr. Deb said...

Palmtree,
I bet it is!

Lone,
I love surfing. If I had to choose one thing on a deserted island, it would be my laptop (oh and wifi)

OHN,
A bigger skull. Now that's great!

Anonymous said...

Oh good. I have another reason for wasting my free time surfing on the net ;)

Donna

Ms.L said...

LOL,I always knew this internet thing was a good idea!

Palmtreechick said...

Probably not, dr. Deb, but it sounds good to say. :)

Ian Lidster said...

Why Deb, I feel better about myself aleady, and much smarter.

Angel Chasse said...

All I can say to this article is WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! :) No, really it is great news that one of my most loved (and cheapest) passtimes is good for at least stimulating lots-o my brain :)
PS.
Haven't heard the official news, but from what I am hearing unofficially, all passengers on the plane that went into the Hudson are ok. Great news after a very scary incident!!!
Have a great (and hopefully warm) day!!
Angel

phd in yogurtry said...

If this is true, my brain is next in line for a Nobel Prize. Can't get me enough web surfing.

Wanda's Wings said...

I love surfing the net. Glad to hear it's good for me.

Carrie said...

Did they speak of internet addiction? I often wonder if I'm starting to develop a "fix"...

Lisa Marie said...

Lit up like a Christmas tree! I wonder if it has anything to do with the intake of colors as opposed to monochromatic features of a book.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I knew it! Now I have proof :)

kenju said...

YAY! I'm gonna be a genius in about 30 minutes!

Mary said...

Oh Good now I can tell hubby Im not wasting time on the internet, Im helping my brain get smarter lol...thanks for the info...take care.Mary

Merelyme said...

woot! i am gonna go renew some brain cells now.

but first...wanted to thank you for your quote on my health central article. you can find the article with your quote right here:

http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/c/84292/55833/digitalize

Rose said...

Scientists know they research everything. My brain must be buzzing all over the place with all the time I am surfing.

Anonymous said...

My son finally started reading once he started surfing the net. Brought him from 2 years behind to up-to-speed.

jumpinginpuddles said...

yeh i reckon the net rocks albeit me brain aint awesome but my fingers at typin an spellin mus be ok cause i get there in the end.

Alison said...

Isn't it wonderful that we know so much more about the brain, and that knowledge is growing all the time? What a marvelous organ!

Still and all, I must say that being absent from blog world for a few months has also made me wonder and think. Do we really need that stimulation all the time?

My life recently should have been scanned - now that would be interesting!

ellesu said...

I like this, and my sons are going to like it even better. OOPS! You said surfing, not online gaming. :)

jenji said...

oh geez. don't get me started on this issue. lol

same sh*t, different day. you know my pitch about media and culture.

i hope you had a fantastic vacation!

be well,
jenji

SeaSpray said...

That's exciting!


Justification for blogging!

:)

Awake In Rochester said...

Sorry I haven't visited in awhile, but I've been dealing with the death of one of my cyber friends. She committed suicide on Christmas Eve. She was only 42. It bothers me a great deal on many levels. She wrote a post on the day she took her life. I would be very interested in hearing about the topic of suicide. Especially the signs, and prevention. I hope that you consider it.

Thanks!
~Awake

Dr. Deb said...

Awake,
That is so sad......I have written about suicide many times here. Just do a topic search. I wish you strength as you heal.

musik-addikt said...

I love surfing the net, I work in a call centre and its a great way to spend the time when its quiet! and now its benefiting my brian too!

Godwhacker said...

Great for the mind... somewhat straining on the eyes :) Happy New Year DD!

Id it is said...

Thanks Deb! This just makes me less guilty for spending all that time surfing the net; it's worthwhile after all!

ora said...

But who says it is better than reading? How is brain activity while watching TV?

Anonymous said...

Love surfin the net. You can control what you watch. Cool post.