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Monday, October 27, 2008

Surfing better than reading?

It looks like the brain is markedly more active when carrying out an internet search than when reading a book.
The activity rises more in the frontal, temporal and cingulated areas, which control visual imagery, decision-making and memory.
Those part of the brain that have to do with the ability of abstraction show no sign of increased activity.
That is explained with the fact that with the increase of technology also the brain evolves.
But of course what is good in small doses can be bad if overused.
Using too much the computer could lead to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
People grown up in the computer era have more pliant and malleable brain.
Testing people with magnetic resonance imaging scans, it came out that those searching the web generated considerably more brain activity than those reading books.
"Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function."
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