LOS ANGELES, NETRALNEWS.COM - The internet has a variety of benefits, ranging from information search, just looking for entertainment, to meeting and greeting friends through social networking. But did you know that the internet can also prevent senility in the elderly?
This is revealed from the results of research at the University of California Los Angeles, United States, which states that searching on a Web can stimulate the brain centers that control decision-making, and complex thoughts.
As noted in the American Geriatric Psychiatry and Computer articles, Professor Gary Small, who is the lead researcher, said using the internet to browse for something can improve and exercise brain function, as it involves memory control. Moreover, visual power will work just as well as reading.
The study involved 24 volunteers aged between 55-76, and Half of them were Internet users, and the rest did not. Each volunteer is given a brain scan, when they do a web search and book reading task.
Both types of tasks produce significant evidence of activity from the brain in controlling language, reading, memory, and visual abilities.
Searching the Web produces additional activities in a separate part of the brain that controls decision-making and complex thinking, it only happens to volunteers who are Internet users only.
The researchers say, compared to regular reading, the internet asks people to choose what to click on. Nevertheless, they claim that newcomers to the web do not yet have the strategies necessary to successfully conduct a successful internet search.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said middle-aged people and parents can reduce the risk of stagnation of the brain by taking part in routine activities that stimulate mental. Web or Internet users can improve logic, mindset, and reduce the risk of dementia.