Search Engines and Brain MemoryIs our memory atrophying or are we just using the storage in our brains less aggressively? Either way, it is associated with the widespread accessibility and use of the Internet for information retrieval. Researchers from Harvard, Columbia, and University of Wisconsin discovered that our need to remember information is changing with the increased use of information aids such as the Internet. Their results were published in Science journal as “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips”.

Betty Sparrow, the lead researcher from Columbia, explained their motivation for the study, “People are anxious about technology’s affects on our cognition, since we look everything up on the Internet and no longer worry about retaining any of it.”

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