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Changing The Brain

It seems that so called brain food, blueberries, wild salmon and coffee beans- I knew it!, are have become a bit passe. What is really good for your brain is the internet. Somewhere, Google and Yahoo among others, must be singing hosannas.

Yes, a UCLA study has determined that one’s brain can be altered for the good by use of the internet.This  article was of particular interest to me since it made reference to aging brains and how they can be helped. That resonated strongly since I possess one of those aging brains and at times it does need  some help.

The UCLA study was headed by Dr Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His study used people between the ages of 55 and 78 . Half were internet veterans and education and gender were balanced in the group as well.

This next sounds  a bit challenging. The subjects performed internet searches while undergoing  functional  MRI’s. the goal was to measure the subtle changes in brain circuitry while the activity was in progress.

Group members then went home and did normal  internet searches for a period of  1 hour per day for 7 days withing  a 2 week period of time. They then returned for another fMRI . Results of this  somewhat limited study indicated that us old geezers could achieve improved  cognition , stimulate neural activation patterns (that must be good) and enhance brain function.

Teena Moody, study author and UCLA researcher  said this  about the results. “…suggest that searching online may be  a simple form of brain exercise that might be employed to enhance cognition in  older adults.” Previous studies had also shown promising results while additional studies will likely address the issues more fully.

Wouldn’t it be great to be  a volunteer in such a study, I thought. Then I noticed one small phrase that was used to describe the  volunteers. They had to be neurologically normal. Oh well. there goes my shot at being a volunteer. Don’t you wonder if they were given prescribed searches or were allowed to choose their search topics? Got to believe that could have an impact on the results.

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October 21, 2009 - Posted by | Technology | , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I sure get alot of brain exercise then but really does it help, its hard to tell. 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Just thinking, maybe Obama should start searching the internet more instead of texting on his blackberry, from his decisions of late he could use some brain exercises, with all the advisers he has he still can’t make a good decision on the war and getting more of our young men and women killed while waiting for his brain to start working! Needs to pull all troops out and bring them home or send enough to take care of the job asap!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Amen, make the decision and live with it !

      Comment by tarheeltalker | October 29, 2009 | Reply


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