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Web-surfing helps brain; may fight Alzheimer’s!

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“What’s that, my sweet? No, sorry! Can’t help right now. Taking care of the old brain, you know.'”

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com

For middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet could be a boost to the brain, a new study suggests.

[Researchers studied] volunteers between the ages of 55 and 76 as they searched the Internet. Half of the participants had experience surfing the Web, while the others did not […]
All the study participants showed significant brain activity during the book-reading task […]
But Internet searches revealed differences between the two groups. While all the participants showed the same activity as during the book-reading, the Web-savvy group also registered activity in the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, whereas those new to the net did not. (These areas of the brain control decision-making and complex reasoning.) […]
“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 with prior Internet experience,” […]

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Written by Monte

October 16, 2008 at 11:45 am

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  1. Hey Ging – great to hear from you here! Kinda automatic, surfing is – it’s the default setting when I’m sitting in front of the computer, if I’m not working!

    Monte

    October 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

  2. Thanks. I had missed this clip/article despite all the web-surfing I do. Funny, web-surfing is one of the few things I can remember to do! :)

    Ginger

    Gingembre

    October 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm


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