Advancements in the study of neuroplasticity show the brain is a malleable object able to adapt to its surroundings. However, the current surroundings are often smartphones and computer screens.
A UCLA study conducted back in 2009 concluded that while our visual skills have improved, our creative and critical skills have declined. The study points to the use of technology, especially as a learning tool for young children, as the likely culprit.
But could other factors be at play? Whether we like it or not, technology is altering the way our brain thinks. Fusion correspondent, Elise Roedenbeck, investigates in conversation with Fusion’s Silicon Valley bureau chief Alexis Madrigal.