Using Internet can make you a snappy thinker

The Internet improves peoples ability to make snap decisions and filter large amounts of information, according to a new study.

In the study, Gary Small, director of the memory and ageing research centre at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the brains of those tested were markedly more active when carrying out Internet searches than when reading books.

However, the stimulation was particularly in the areas that control decision-making and complex reasoning. Areas associated to abstract thinking and empathy showed virtually no increase in stimulation.

Young people are growing up immersed in this technology and their brains are more malleable, more plastic and changing than with older brains, Times Online quoted Small, as saying.

The next generation, as [Charles] Darwin suggests, will adapt to this environment. Those who become really good at technology will have a survival advantage they will have a higher level of economic success and their progeny will be better off, he added.

For the study, Small scanned the brains of 24 volunteers and found that browsing websites stimulated the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, which control complex reasoning............Click for more


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