Technology is changing how we think–literally. According to a new book, “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind,” spending just a short time on the web alters our neural pathways.

Authors Gary Small and GiGi Vorgan outlined their research and findings in the most recent issue of Scientific American Mind. In their study, an MRI machine measured brain activity while “computer-naive” subjects (all three of them) “surfed” the web using specially designed Internet goggles (ps – we want). They were then compared to computer-savvy subjects. After just five days of web-surfing, the naive subjects had developed the same patterns of neural activation as the savvy ones. In some people, the Web surfing triggered reward pathways that have been linked to addiction.

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