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‘Screen culture may be changing our brains’

19 March 2009

So interested to listen to Professor Susan Greenfield on the 7.30 Report (transcript to come) this Thursday night.
Brain change

video: Kerry O’Brien talks to Prof. Susan Greenfield

She begs software manufacturers for something nutritious and meaningful to be prepared for children’s brains, something which will encourage creativity and reasoning, to weigh against the ‘yuk and wow’ bright lights and instant gratification of screen-based activities.

‘My fear is that these technologies are infantilising the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment.’
S Greenfield, quoted in the Daily Mail

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  1. 20 March 2009 12:29 am

    I read something similar in “What’s happening to our girls?” by Maggie Hamilton late last year. I find it concerning, and think the rammifications of “yuk and wow” are quite serious, following that I have to question the role of the parents in this (having never been a parent): why are they letting their children participate in things that may retard attention spans?

    In the next few weeks I’m going hunting for research about generation Y, and one of the claims made about Gen Y is that their attention spans are shortened because of their exposure to media. Hopefully it will turn up some more interesting stuff too.

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