Does the Recent Use of Smart Phones Help Our Brains?

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Does the recent use of our smartphones actually help our brains? It really does. Those who use smartphones have greater activity in the sensory motor cortex of their brain than those who use old-fashioned cell phones. The more they use their smartphones, the greater activity in that region that's highly linked to thumb movement.

This is a phenomenon that was also noted in violinist who started playing early in life. Okay, is there a difference between the violinist and the smartphone users? Yes, the violinist had to do it early in life, but the smartphone users can be any age, and you can increase the sensory motor cortex.