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Mind shift: How always-on digital technologies are changing our brains

By Shane Huntington

Neuroscientist Prof Baroness Susan Greenfield examines the scientific bases of how constantly-on digital environments may bring about changes in our brains.

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SHANE HUNTINGTON
I'm Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. The days when we thought of the human brain as a static part of the human body are long gone. There have been many examples, particularly in patients recovering from stroke, where the brain demonstrates exceptional capability to essentially rewire itself. The brain's ability to dynamically adapt and change as we grow and age enables us to learn new skills and adjust to the environment that we live in. Essentially, it is the cornerstone to our intelligence. Given this plasticity of our brains in responding to our environment, what is the impact of our growing exposure to online and screen based devices? Are our brains changing as a result of our expanding interactions with networked digital media and their capacity to keep us endlessly in touch with others? To discuss the impact on the human brain of our new always on world we're joined today on Up Close by Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield whose 2014 book on the topic is Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains. Susan Greenfield is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University. She's visiting the University of Melbourne as an Honorary...

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