Your Brain on Computers: Neuroscience and Tech’s Devices of Distraction
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Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry; Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF
Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning Technology Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Our Brain on Computers
The original personal computer, our brains have been evolutionarily programmed to meet basic data processing needs. Now, with tablets and laptops in every bag and iPhones ever at our sides, our gray matter must meet the new challenges of the digital world. We understand that technology has dramatically altered our behaviors: the way that we work, play and interact with one another. But does constant use of devices impact our physical neurology? Can the endless deluge of digital data affect our memory, perception and attention spans? Join us as cognitive neuroscientist Gazzaley and tech journalist Richtel discuss the distracting nature of devices and attempt to unearth the impact that technology has on our most important computing asset: our brains.
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA 94549
Time: 5:45 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Cost: $22 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
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