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internet_explorer_logoHealthDay (10/19, Gardner) reported, “Researchers found that older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days.” In a study presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers asked “24 neurologically normal adults, aged 55 to 78…to surf the Internet while hooked up to an MRI machine. Before the study began, half the participants had used the Internet daily, and the other half had little experience with it.” The researchers said that “at baseline, those with prior Internet experience showed a much greater extent of brain activation,” but “after at-home practice…those who had just been introduced to the Internet were catching up to those who were old hands.”  The Los Angeles Times (10/19, Healey) “Booster Shots” blog explained that the Internet-“naïve” subjects “had used many of the regions of brain associated with judgment, visual and spatial perception, and higher-order reasoning to perform their faux-search task. But a scan of their brains found that after two weeks of honing their search-skills, the newbies used those brain regions as well as several others when performing the faux-search task.” WebMD (10/19, Warner) also covered the story.

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