Your Brain on Computers Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price [NYT]

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Published on: June 7, 2010

here is an interesting article from NYTimes about impact of being hooked on devices/gadjets… Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:

“Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.”

” While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress. And scientists are discovering that even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist. In other words, this is also your brain off computers.”

More of this here: [The Link]

Brain Cox on Why we need explorers

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Published on: June 4, 2010

An emotional plea by B. Cox public funded research…

[from ted.com] In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs — from space probes to the LHC — are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.


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