How Google Unknowingly Stimulates Our Brains

When was the last time you exercised your brain?

One of the easiest methods to boost brain function and efficiency is to never stop learning. The brain’s cellular structure changes when learning, which is a positive transformation. Let’s explore the brain for a little neuroscience.

Neurons fill the brain and are connected all together by an axon, a cable like substance. The Axon is covered in myelin which increases the speed of the signal from one neuron to another. The more myelin we have, the faster the brain will work. Comparing low levels of myelin with average levels is like comparing dial-up internet to broadband. High levels of myelin have been found in young children, caused by intense learning phases in their formative years. Scientists have related learning to myelin production along with other biological, cognitive and cultural factors.

A student in Mongolia studying using a laptop provided by the Give One, Get One program

Photo by Carla Gomez Monroy, found on the OLPC Flickr page

Learning can take on many forms above and beyond academic learning to include activities like traveling, learning to play a musical instrument, speaking a foreign language, or picking up a hobby. Challenging your brain with mind-training exercises can keep your brain fit. Simple activities such as thinking of food and determining which types begin with the letter A, doing puzzles like crossword, Sudoku, Scrabble, or anything that requires your brain to recall or calculate.

Myelin production happens 5.9 billion times a day; neurons are firing, brains are being stimulated by a tap, a click or a press.

Google, the search giant, keeps our brains fit by giving us effective access to information found on the internet. Research has shown that surfing the web stimulates regions in the frontal lobe which is associated to decision-making and complex reasoning. Compared to watching TV and passively absorbing information without question, using Google to search for things on the Internet is an engaging task that keeps your brain active.

Flex your brain and Google away.

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