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Brains shape technology as technology shapes brains

Posted Nov 09 2012 12:19pm

Is Your Brain Being Wired By Technology?  (Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas):

“…Research shows we are exposed to three times more information today as compared to four decades ago. This information overload leads to more multitasking and forces us to push our brain to do things it was not built to do. Technology is allowing us, pushing us to do more as we toggle back and forth between projects and switch between using our personal computer and cell phone endlessly throughout the day…

This high-performance demand to smoothly switch back and forth fatigues the frontal lobe, slows efficiency, and decreases performance. Multitasking contributes to the death of brain cells, takes a dramatic toll on mental processing and causes increased errors. Multitasking also leads to the build up of cortisol, the stress hormone, and stress reduces the immune system’s first line of defense…

Bottom line: while technology can boost your brainpower, it can also impair the normal function of our brain, especially the frontal lobe…

Our brain has the capacity to grow, change and repair itself throughout our lifetime, forming new complex connections throughout our lives. So know when to use technology and when to lose it. Doing so will better your brain’s health.”

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