Technology on the BrainFriday, December 12th, 2008
Dr. Gary Small is the author of iBrain, a book about how technology use is fundamentally transforming our brains. In an earlier post
, I wrote a post linking to a BBC article in which his work on changed brain patterns was explained. On Dr. Small's website
, there is an embedded video clip of an interview he did with CBS, talking about how technology makes us smarter.
Interestingly, there was a recent article in eSchool News
that dealt with the negative impacts of technology use on the brain in regards to social skills, also citing Dr. Small. Once I put 2 and 2 together, I really wondered how the same psychiatrist could be cited in these two very different ways. From his website, I found an article on the CBS site called "Is Generation Y too Hooked on 'Tronics
" that referenced his work, along with the work of several others. Maybe the CBS article led to the slant in the eSchool News article.
To me, this was a fascinating comparison of "sound bites" of research. It makes me contemplate information literacy skills, and realize it goes far beyond just finding another source to verify. I wonder how many of the writers of the articles read his book, and whether the things they chose to focus on were out of context. I guess I'll just have to get the book and find out! Flag as inappropriate
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