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Published on Mar 19, 2014

Many of us spend hours a day on the Internet, and whenever we have a question, it's easy to go to Google to quickly look up information. Is this changing the way our memory works? Anthony is here to explain how living in a world of constant information is affecting us.

Check out the video on PBS Idea Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoH3d...

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Research Shows That Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains
http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/P...
"The generation gap has been upgraded. In a world brimming with ever-advancing technology, the generations are now separated by a "brain gap" between young "digital natives" and older "digital immigrants," according to Dr. Gary Small, director of UCLA's Memory and Aging Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and UCLA's Parlow-Solomon Chair on Aging."

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"The comparison between the human brain and a computer is not a perfect one, but it does lend itself to some interesting lines of inquiry."

The Magical Mystery Four: How is Working Memory Capacity Limited and Why?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...
"Working memory storage capacity is important because cognitive tasks can be completed only with sufficient ability to hold information as it is processed."

What Is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain?
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"Can an old head injury suddenly cause detrimental effects much later in life?"

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The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory
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"As the pace of technological change accelerates, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload."

Torkel Klingberg, Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
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Internet Use Affects Memory, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/hea...
"The widespread use of search engines and online databases has affected the way people remember information, researchers are reporting."

Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333...
"The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger."

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