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Brain on Computers

21 August 2010

This summer a couple of very interesting books and articles about the impacts of the Internet on our brains/ habits came out.

Nicholas Carr talks about how the Internet has changed the way we read/ think in The Shallows, a well-written and thought-provoking book.  Listen to him on NPR On Point. The New York Times also published a series of interesting articles about our brains on computers. A list is below. It’s worthwhile to read this book and the below articles.

1. Articles


Attached to Technology and Paying a Price

The Defense of Computers, the Internet and Our Brains

Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction (update, Nov. 21, 2010)

Who’s the Boss, You or Your Gadget? (update, Feb. 5, 2011)

BBC News

How good software makes us stupid

2. Unplugged Experiences

The Unplugged Challenge

3. Test

Test Your Focus

4. Video on PBS

Frontline: Digital Nation

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