Internet Searching May Boost Brain

For middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet could be a boost to the brain, a new study suggests. The new study, to be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 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.
“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,” said study leader Gary Small of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.