“The primary reason can be found in one of the central tenets of modern neuroscience: ‘The neurons that fire together, wire together.’ What this basically means is that our mental activities actually cause changes in the structures of our brains–not only what we think, but how we think as well. Given such activity-directed change, it always makes sense to ask whenever large numbers of people start using their brains in new and different ways, what effects these new activities are likely to have on brain structure and function. Blogging, which only seems to be accelerating in popularity, is a prime candidate for such investigation. “
I knew all this futzing around on the Internet would do something for me. This analysis is highly speculative, but taps into the writers’ own background as doctors working with children with learning difficulties. You learn so much about the “normal” human by examining the exceptional case — the sick, the disadvantaged, the handicapped. You should look at the rest of the blog, because it’s chock full of provocative insights.
While you’re at it, you might also look at a couple of sites that go down a similar road: The Psychology of Combating Stress [no longer online], Depression and Addiction [no longer online], Mind Hacks and Innovation Weblog. I’ve lost many hours wandering around these hyperlinks.