Your brain on Google: patterns of cerebral activation during internet searching.

TitleYour brain on Google: patterns of cerebral activation during internet searching.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSmall, GW, Moody TD, Siddarth P, Bookheimer SY
JournalThe American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume17
Issue2
Pagination116-26
Date Published2009 Feb
ISSN1545-7214
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Brain, Brain Mapping, cognition, Computers, Decision Making, Frontal Lobe, Gyrus Cinguli, Hippocampus, Humans, Information Storage and Retrieval, Internet, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Middle Aged, Neural Pathways, Parietal Lobe, Practice (Psychology), Psychomotor Performance, Reading, Temporal Lobe
Abstract

Previous research suggests that engaging in mentally stimulating tasks may improve brain health and cognitive abilities. Using computer search engines to find information on the Internet has become a frequent daily activity of people at any age, including middle-aged and older adults. As a preliminary means of exploring the possible influence of Internet experience on brain activation patterns, the authors performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain in older persons during search engine use and explored whether prior search engine experience was associated with the pattern of brain activation during Internet use.

Alternate JournalAm J Geriatr Psychiatry