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Web-searching boosts elderly brains

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Go get your granny on Google!
clipped from www.livescience.com
For middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet could be a boost to the brain, a new study suggests.
looked at the brain activity of 24 neurologically normal 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.
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.)
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
A simple, everyday task like searching the Web appears to enhance brain circuitry in older adults
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