21 September 2013

Online time can hobble brain’s important work

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While you are browsing online, you could be squandering memories — or losing important information, according to Swedish research.

Contrary to common wisdom, an idle brain is in fact doing important work — and in the age of constant information overload, it’s a good idea to go offline on a regular basis, says a researcher from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Erik Fransén, whose research focuses on short-term memory and ways to treat diseased neurons, says that a brain exposed to a typical session of social media browsing can easily become hobbled by information overload. The result is that less information gets filed away in your memory.

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