UCLA scientists have found that for computer-savvy middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet triggers key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. The findings demonstrate that Web search activity may help stimulate and possibly improve brain function. The study, the first of its kind to assess the impact of Internet searching on brain performance, is currently in press at the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and will appear in an upcoming issue.
Additional details on the study and further research on the impact of computer technologies on the aging brain are highlighted in Small's book, "iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind". http://vsb.li/73nopw