Internet search alters intra- and Inter-regional synchronization in the temporal gyrus

Liu, Xiaoyue, Lin, Xiao, Zheng, Ming, Hu, Yanbo, Wang, Yifan, Wang, Lingxiao, Du, Xiaoxia and Dong, Guangheng (2018) Internet search alters intra- and Inter-regional synchronization in the temporal gyrus. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (260). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1664-1078


Internet searching changed the way we store and recall information and possibly altered our brain functions. Previous studies suggested that Internet search facilitates the information-acquisition process. However, this process may cause individuals to lose the ability to store and recollect specific contents. Despite the numerous behavioral studies conducted in this field, little is known about the neural mechanisms underlying Internet searches. The present study explores potential brain activity changes induced by Internet search. The whole paradigm includes three phases, namely, pre-resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) scan, 6-day Internet search training, and post rs-fMRI scan. We detected the functional integrations induced by Internet search training by comparing post- with pre-scan. Regional homogeneity (ReHo) and functional connectivity (FC) were used to detect intra- and interregional synchronized activity in 42 university students. Compared with pre-scan, post-scan showed decreased ReHo in the temporal gyrus, the middle frontal gyrus, and the postcentral gyrus. Further seed-based FC analysis showed that the temporal gyrus exhibited decreased FC in the parahippocampal cortex and the temporal gyrus after training. Based on the features of current task and functions exhibited by these brain regions, results indicate that short-term Internet search training changed the brain regional activities involved in memory retrieval. In general, this study provides evidence that supports the idea that Internet search can affect our brain functions

Xiaoyue Liu1, Xiao Lin2, Ming Zheng1, Yanbo Hu3, Yifan Wang1, Lingxiao Wang1, (2018). Internet Search Alters Intra- and Inter-regional Synchronization in the Temporal Gyrus.pdf - Published Version

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