13 September 2010

Technology and children's brains

Much cited review in Neuron, by Bavelier, Green and Dye, on the impact of technology use on brain development. Reminding us that 'technology' encompasses many things, from watching Teletubbies to playing action video games, the review reveals that whilst there are both positive and negative impacts of technology use, these aren't always predictable, and not always sustained. Technology Review highlights some key findings, my favourite being that 'educational' technology games rarely deliver the brain enhancement they claim. The Baby Enstein series (which always seemed to me to be such an insult to neonatal brains) gets a particular bashing.

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