Internet use ‘good for the brain’

For middle aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests.A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulates centres in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.The researchers say this might even help to counter-act the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7667610.stmThe internet beats books for improving the mature mind, say neuroscientists
Browsing the internet is better than reading books for boosting the brain power of middle-aged and older adults, new research has found.Scientists discovered that searching the world wide web exercised the mind far more than reading and was similar to completing crosswords and puzzles.Brain scans showed that going online stimulated larger parts of the brain than the relatively passive activity of reading a novel or non-fiction book.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/debates/3195748/The-internet-beats-books-for-improving-the-mature-mind-say-neuroscientists.htmlGoogling is good for the ageing brain
Could Googling actually be good for you? That is the conclusion drawn by researchers who believe that searching the internet could improve brain function – at least among older people.A team from the Center on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that searching the web can stimulate the brain more than other activities such as reading a book.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/oct/15/google-ageing-researchWorkout for brain just a few clicks away – study
Searching the Internet may help middle-aged and older adults keep their memories sharp, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied people doing Web searches while their brain activity was recorded with functional magnetic resonance imaging scans.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35964520081014
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKTRE49D97A20081014Googling good for geriatrics [AFP]
A team of US researchers has found that searching the internet stimulates brain activity in the elderly and middle-aged and may help keep their minds sharp.The study was carried out by scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/10/16/2392581.htm

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