Saturday, May 19, 2012

How is the internet affecting our brains?

With the internet now an integral part of everyday life for many people, what does the latest research reveal about the impact on our well-being? At the forefront of the digital revolution are children and young people, and there have been many alarming stories in the media about the effects of the internet on their development. Is there a meaningful link between playing violent online computer games and becoming violent? Can 'brain training' games work? Does extended use of the internet really contribute to obesity? Are social network sites infantilising our brains?

Leading expert in neuroscience and education Dr Paul Howard-Jones delivers the Annual Nominet Trust Lecture at the RSA, assessing the extent to which the scientific findings support popular fears and anxieties about what technology is doing to us. Audio available here.

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