Internet is Changing our Memory

Hi Simmers,

Thought this  BBC article Internet’s memory effects quantified in computer study by Jason Palmer was very interesting are worth sharing:

“Computers and the internet are changing the nature of our memory, research in the journal Science suggests. Psychology experiments showed that people presented with difficult questions began to think of computers. When participants knew that facts would be available on a computer later, they had poor recall of answers but enhanced recall of where they were stored.”


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How is this going to affect learning in the future?  How will society change when memory becomes less critical than functionality and immediate action?


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