Artifact Details

Title

Our brains' development in a technological world

Catalog Number

102738730

Type

Moving image

Date

2018-02-15

Participants

Gazzaley, Adam, Speaker
Immordino-Yang, Mary Helen, Speaker
Krieger, Lisa, Moderator
Rosen, Larry, Speaker

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Format

MOV

Description

The brain is composed of about 100 billion unconnected neurons when we are born. As we grow, our early experiences - hearing caregivers’ voices during infancy, solving simple puzzles, reading books before bedtime- determine the neurological connections and pathways that are formed. Neuroscientists believe the majority of essential brain development occurs in the initial years of a child’s life. However, cognitive growth takes place throughout our entire lives, including the loss of unused connections throughout adolescence or the creation of new neural connections in an adult brain when learning a new skill.

So, what happens to the brain throughout our lives when you replace tangible experiences with technological ones? When we switch physical books with Kindles and iPads? Or regularly multitask between responding to emails on the computer and texts on our smartphones? As computing becomes increasingly pervasive in our lives, we will discuss the possible benefits and potential detriments technology has on cognitive development.

The Mercury News science reporter Lisa Krieger leads a conversation with experts in neuroscience, education, and psychology to explore how the consumption of technology is impacting our brain.

Category

Talk

Collection Title

CHM Live

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8498.2018