Google On! My brain grows younger while my body grows old

The bad news: I fractured my foot weeks ago and little did I know it might be causing my brain to shrink (read about it here).  

The good news:  I’ve done little but sit with my foot up, doing internet searches (and blog posts)

It was good to read (on the internet of course) that all my “googling is helping brain (even though it may now be the size of a pea) grow younger as my body grows older.

judy & Peggy dualalties: Internet vs Books

A study at UCLA showed that simply using search engines such as Google triggered key centers in the brains of middle-aged and older adults, areas that control complex reasoning and decision-making, according to a press release. Researchers involved said the results suggest that searching might help stimulate and possibly improve the function of the brain.

“Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function”*

Study volunteers were between the ages of 55 and 76; half of them had search experience and half of them did not. Gender, age and education level were kept similar between the two groups, which performed web searches and book-reading tasks.

While all the participants showed significant brain activity during the book-reading task, internet searches were another matter. All the participants showed the same brain activity as in the book-reading task, but those familiar with online searches also showed activity “in the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, which control decision-making and complex reasoning,” the study revealed.

“Our most striking finding was that Internet searching appears to engage a greater extent of neural circuitry that is not activated during reading — but only in those with prior internet experience.”*

“What does this mean? In addition to helping seniors keep up with ever-developing technology, being actively engaged with the internet can help stimulate brain activity as we age.”

*Dr. Gary Small, a professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Before you get too excited and spend all day on Google, read this:

Sitting Possibly Makes My Brain (Yours Too) Thinner?







4 comments on “Google On! My brain grows younger while my body grows old

  1. You do present these new findings so interestingly and fun. Now, get that foot
    well so your brain doesn’t go thin.😊 .
    Now, what should I do, Google whilst walking? Or take breaks googling?
    What about dictionaries, they should help too…and reference libraries .
    A whole world of brain growing.
    Seriously though, learning new things does increase brain capacity.


    • Miriam,
      I’m afraid my hair has also thinned . . . from all the pulling.
      “Google whilst walking” WOULD BE SPLENDID since walking increases good neurochemistry . . . however, that was a bit rude of you to mention “walking” in my debilitated state.
      No, dictionaries and reference libraries won’t work on the same neuro-circuits per the research.
      xx j


      • Been there done that….yes, an ankle fx is a bummer to get thru. For me it was worse than hip and knee replacements which don’t keep you sitting. Rather, you must get up and go from the get go. When you are finally doing weight bearing PT, do it religiously. You won’t regret it! Happy healing!
        Too bad one usually sits while doing Google or other searches. Maybe we need to stay well hydrated so we must get up sometime.


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