A study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that using Google could boost older people's brain power. The researchers scanned the brains of 24 neurologically-normal people between the ages of 55 and 78. Half of them used the Internet daily while the other half had very little experience of the Internet. After the initial scan the participants went home and practised Internet searching for an hour a day for seven days over a two-week period. By the end of the study the group which had not previously used the Internet showed increased activity in areas of the brain linked with language, reading, memory and visual abilities and in regions associated with working memory and decision-making.
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