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There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens. Continue reading

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Why Brains Won’t Be Beaten by Supercomputers, or Terminators

Are we engineering our way to extinction? Should we fear machines taking over, or can we solve our way out of this puzzle? Continue reading

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Ambivalence in Addiction

Smartphone addiction is no different from the hard-drug physical kind. [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Ambivalence is a prominent feature in addictions whether of the physical or behavioral kind. Valence is the positive or negative … Continue reading

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Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks

The “association of intelligence with thinking and reasoning isn’t fact; it is a cultural belief,” says Professor Guy Claxton at the University of Winchester. Free of jargon, he illuminates for readers what specialists in neuroscience and philosophy have understood for decades: that the physical body constitutes the core of our intelligence. Continue reading

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Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Knowledge of facts has become cheap, and it has cheapened education.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Joe Clement and Matt Miles, two teachers with a combined 30 years in the classroom,* are alarmed that … Continue reading

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Poison Apple: Technology Fads Make Your Kids Dumber

Don’t assume that any technology labeled “educational” is an unalloyed good.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Two award-winning teachers with more than 30 years of classroom experience say that kids are getting dumber.* The … Continue reading

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Belfast, ME: Synesthesia Talk & Book Signing

Sunday, June 28, 3 o’clock p.m. at the Old Professor’s Bookshop,  99 Main Street. Do you see letters and numbers as colored even though they are printed in black ink? Do words have specific tastes, or does music or everyday … Continue reading

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Podcast: Digital Distractions & Your Brain on Screens

Scientists debate whether we are truly addicted to our devices. They also question whether the internet makes us dumber by weakening memory or smarter by showering us with facts, and whether social apps isolate us more than they connect us. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

Here is my review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains” at the New York Journal of Books: “Anything we practice repeatedly changes the brain; fixate on iPhones and similar screens, and … Continue reading

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How Facial Botox Changes Your Brain—Literally

Unintended consequences make the cosmetic procedure far from benign. Continue reading

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Why We’re All Overwhelmed Today

Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot. Continue reading

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The Future of the Brain

Here is my review of “The Future of the Brain” at the New York Journal of Books: “Fast computers coupled with biological knowledge can let us understand the workings of a wedge of actual brain tissue. The progress from measurement … Continue reading

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Can Fish Oil Help Preserve Brain Cells?

Fish beats fowl if you want to feed your brain cells. Continue reading

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Using only 10% of your Brain? Think Again!

One of the most enduring myths about the brain is that we use only 10 percent of it. Continue reading

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