Computer Influence on Human Learning & Memory

April 24, 2008

This article from Wired
is about how human memory works and how
computers can enhance it- not by storing more data for retrieval but by
training the mind. It is remarkable to read how different our expectations for learning and memory are from the results of this research. To be in accordance with the patterns of learning that are described here would require some significant divergence in lifestyle from what most of us currently do- as well described in the piece.

I wonder if these new discoveries in learning and memory are as much a result of computers’ influence on us as the influence of the human’s development of computers.

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