19 Oct '11, 4am

Make some friends: Scientists find link between number of Facebook friends and the size of some brain regions

LONDON (REUTERS) - Scientists have found a direct link between the number of 'friends' a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks might change our brains. The four brain areas involved are known to play a role in memory, emotional responses and social interactions. So far, however, it is not possible to say whether having more Facebook connections makes particular parts of the brain larger or whether some people are simply pre-disposed, or'hard-wired', to have more friends. 'The exciting question now is whether these structures change over time - this will help us answer the question of whether the Internet is changing our brains,' said Ryota Kanai of University College London (UCL), one of the researchers involved in the study. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. bl...

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