CNN health released a study, people who search more often on-line, their brains active more often than normal people. Google makes them smarter.
The experiment goes like this: scientists invited 24 people (age 55-78) to join. A half of them are Internet heavy users and the others are not. In the first stage, they were asked to read some text on a screen, and the machine (MRI) monitored the activities in their brains. The “reading” and “language” parts of the brain became active when people are reading, which is already known by the scientists.
In the second stage, people were asked to google something on the Internet. Then parts of brain, which are in charge of “logic” and “policy making”, started acting. Furthermore, people who are heavy users, the activities in the brains happen more frequently than others.
Non-savvy reading Non-savvy searching
Web user reading Web user searching
What makes the differences? The research does not explain the reasons with a strong conviction. Any ideas do you have? Maybe try to google something.