iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

Gigi Vorgan

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0061340340

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“A book about your brain that should make you think—twice.”

Alvin Toffler, New York Times bestselling author of Future Shock


In his book iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, Gary Small, one of America’s leading neuroscientists, explores the remarkable evolution of the human brain caused by today’s constant technological presence. Co-written with Gigi Vorgan, Dr. Small’s iBrain separates the digital natives from the digital immigrants, and suggests that the Internet—with its virtually limitless wealth of news and information—is radically altering the way young minds are developing and functioning. In this era of Google, Facebook, and YouTube, Gary Small’s iBrain is an essentially important guide to understanding the astonishing impact of this new brain evolution on our society and our future, as well as a warning of its potential dangers—ADD, social isolation, Internet addiction, etc.

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process information more rapidly and also to shift attention quickly from one task to the next. You can observe this process whenever you try out an unfamiliar computer program. Initially, your mind struggles to understand and manipulate the program. You may wade through it awkwardly, making mistakes, but with practice it gets easier. Then, before you know it, you’ve become proficient in the program, and soon you’re an expert. DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION A certain level of brain stimulation is healthy

their wires, and their connections are vast and elaborate. In the average brain, the number of synaptic connection sites has been estimated at 1,000,000,000,000,000, or a million times a billion. After all, it’s taken millions of years for the brain to evolve to this point. The fact that it has taken so long for the human brain to evolve such complexity makes the current single-generation, high-tech brain evolution so phenomenal. We’re talking about significant brain changes happening over mere

screen. Off-line brain training may counteract many negative consequences of extensive time online, particularly the neglect of a healthy lifestyle. Chronic Internet and technology users generally exercise less, gain weight, and experience more stress related to multitasking compared with people who rarely use technology. Our UCLA group studied what happens when research subjects, instead of constantly manipulating hand-held devices and computers, adopt a healthier lifestyle. We recruited

you are unavailable until a specific future date. Setting aside time each day to catch up on your email is a great way to keep your inbox from getting out of hand. Hoarders Versus Deleters Some people take pride in keeping their email inbox nearly empty, while others hold on to nearly every correspondence. It’s a good idea to create file folders to store emails according to topic but to save only those emails you may need for future reference. The less complicated your filing system, the easier it

neuronal connections, and you’ll get bored. If it is too challenging, you’ll become frustrated. Rather than strengthen your synapses, your body will secrete stress hormones that can lead to mental fatigue. There are many games to choose from. In addition to some websites listed in Appendix 3, the following are a few of the options currently available: • Brain Games (Radica/Mattel; $20) is a basic, inexpensive hand-held electronic game that I helped develop. It allows you to cross-train your brain

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