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