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Internet use ‘good for the brain’

Or so says this BBC article:

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.

Comments

  1. #1 IP Address
    October 14, 2008

    I completely agree with the result founded by the University. Surfing the websites can sharpen up the skills of the surfer. It feels good to hear that it can even reduce the age-related physiological problems.

  2. #2 llewelly
    October 14, 2008

    Ok, I lovvve the internet, but frankly, this sounds way too much the like the claims that video games are ‘good for the brain’ . Judging from the article (which may do the study a disservice), the study only shows that googling excites areas of the brain that reading doesn’t. It doesn’t show that said excitation is necessarily good – that’s assumed. This looks like another example of the ‘fMRI looks different therefor it’s better’ fallacy.

  3. #3 Flying Embers
    October 14, 2008

    Internet searching also wonderfully exercises the BS detector, which is always a good thing.

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