Journal article

Social networking sites use and the morphology of a social-semantic brain network

Ofir Turel, Qinghua He, Damien Brevers, Antoine Bechara

SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Social lives have shifted, at least in part, for large portions of the population to social networking sites. How such lifestyle changes may be associated with brain structures is still largely unknown. In this manuscript, we describe two preliminary studies aimed at exploring this issue. The first study (n = 276) showed that Facebook users reported on increased social-semantic and mentalizing demands, and that such increases were positively associated with people's level of Facebook use. The second study (n = 33) theorized on and examined likely anatomical correlates of such changes in demands on the brain. Findings indicated that the grey matter volumes of the posterior parts of the bilate..

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Awarded by National Cancer Institute


Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


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Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Cancer Institute [R01CA152062]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [31400959]; National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) [Early Stage Investigator Grant];