Dallas, TX: Good news of middle aged people, the internet searches kick up the brain cells, increases decision making activity and tickles the complex reasoning portions of the brain. Mary Brophy Marcus reports through USA today stating that American Journal of Geriatic Psychiatry researched the activity of brain when people go on web and perform search. The news report says that “The time spent Googling helps stimulate the mind of middle aged and old Americans”
The UCLA scientist performed the research study on 24 healthy volunteers with ages varying between 55 to 76. All the volunteers were asked to read books and perform web searches. Almost half of the participants were not experienced in web searching while the other half of the volunteers had previous web searching experience.
The functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showed significant brain activity while the volunteers were asked to read the books in the brain regions controlling the memory, reading, language control and visual abilities but the test on performance of internet searches gave some astonishing results.
However all participants were asked to perform the internet search. Major difference was seen in the brain activity in the volunteer who had previous internet searching activities. The research study author Gary Small at the Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA says “Our most striking finding was that Internet searching appears to engage a greater extent of neural circuitry that is not activated during reading, but only in those people with prior Internet experience.”
“Just how much time a person needs to spend taping away on the keyboard to the mind spry needs to be answered and how much cognitive stimulation is going to be right without doing injury” says Gary Kennedy director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Monteflore Medical Center, New York
Read more on the above at http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2008-10-14-ibrain-internet-reading_N.htm