Saturday, May 24, 2008

Blogging - It's good for you

Scientific American offers reasons to keep going ...
Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery.
So far so good ...
The frontal and temporal lobes, which govern speech—no dedicated writing center is hardwired in the brain—may also figure in. For example, lesions in Wernicke’s area, located in the left temporal lobe, result in excessive speech and loss of language comprehension. People with Wernicke’s aphasia speak in gibberish and often write constantly. In light of these traits, Flaherty speculates that some activity in this area could foster the urge to blog.
Gibberish?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Talking of developments in science, how's your little scientific mp3 player doing?

R N B said...

This computer is my MP3 player :)

As for the iPod, it's ok. But just like my tunes, I'm not converted.