Technology and the Brain

Here is a VERY comprehensive article on technology and how it’s changing our lives, or more specifically, our brains.  This article from the London Review of Books focuses on distraction, memory, and creativity, but is not concerned with children per say.  As we protect and stimulate our children’s brains, all evidence points to caution when it comes to the effects of technology on creativity.  Counter to what you might think, Jim Holt does indicate a number of areas where technology is making us sharper (eg. MRI’s of experienced Google users versus inexperienced Google users shows positive structural changes in the brain for making connections between concepts).   Of course, when we’re in the thick of change, it’s difficult to gauge how it’s changing us, but we are being remiss if we do not at least reflect on it now and then.

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