[Air-l] Impact of intense technology use on memorization's quality

Rita Lauria rlauria at att.net
Tue Jul 8 05:56:28 PDT 2003


Here's a cite for some  background info. The work is theoretical.

Check Merlin Donald, "The Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the
Evolution of Culture and Cognition." Harvard University Press, 1991.

Donald sees such memory devices as you mention below as "exended memory" in
which we hold the treasures of all of our cognitive development and
heritage. This is different than impairing our memory. Rather it's more
akin, in my perspective, to the lines of thinking of Vannavar Bush and the
Memex device that he conceived to free up the higher thinking processes from
mundane tasks.

Rita Lauria, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor; Print & New Media
Dept. of Journalism & Mass Comm
NC A & T State University
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Research Associate
Media Interface & Network Design

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Serge Courrier" <serge.courrier at pobox.com>
To: <air-l at aoir.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 8:29 AM
Subject: [Air-l] Impact of intense technology use on memorization's quality


Ones could think that the intense use of technology could lead to a
impairment of our memory.

Immediate information finding through Web queries, automatic calendar alerts
via PDA, telephone numbers memorized by cellular phones, access routes
computed by GPS, and so on.

Do you know if anybody published a study or an article about this subject.

And what do YOU think about it ?

Best regards

Serge Courrier
Scientific journalist, Paris, France

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