How the brain becomes rewired by internet use

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How the brain becomes rewired by internet use

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There is just an explosion of research coming out now about the effects of things like using media, like Internet surfing, and the effects on the brain. The bottom line is that we have a certain amount of brain plasticity and so the things that we do a lot of actually changes the functions and the structure of our brain. One example is in the area of Internet surfing. As some interesting research has shown that when we surf the Internet, we’re looking at a lot of different topics at a very superficial level. We don’t typically drill in deeply different topics, but we’ll scan quickly versus a textbook, where you’ll be looking at something – a topic or a subtopic – and you’ll be drilling deeper with the information and thinking more deeply about one topic. So that’s a real difference. And what they’re seeing when they wire up the brains of both adolescents and adults is that the brain starts to adapt to that Internet surfing kind of thinking, which is superficial and covers a lot of topics in a brief amount of time.

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Kelley King

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Kelley King has been a K-12 public school educator for over 25 years with work in the areas of school administration, gifted education and special education. Kelley is currently the Associate Director of the Gurian Institute and provides on-site and online workshops for parents and teachers internationally. Kelley is a co-author, with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of two books on education: Strategies for Teachings Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Elementary Educators and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Secondary Educators. Kelley finished her third book entitled Writing the Playbook, a guide for principals on creating schools that honor the unique strengths and characteristics of boys. Kelley is the mother of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter.

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