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Is Google Making Us Smarter?

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Is our increasing reliance on Google rotting our brains and turning us in to lazy halfwits? Or could search engine technology actually be exercising our brains in ways don’t fully understand yet? Neuroscientist Gary Small explains how the brain treats Google like any other repeatedly used tool—it physically changes to strengthen the ability to use the tool. Google may also be making our brains more malleable and better equipped to learn new skills.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

Recorded June 2010

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