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Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains by [Greenfield, Susan]
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"Greenfield asks key questions…important…should be read by technologists in particular" (Nature)

"Greenfield is not just an engaging communicator but a thoughtful, responsible scientist, and the arguments she makes are well supported and persuasive" (Mail on Sunday)

"Greenfield’s admirable goal to provide an empirical basis for discussion is…an important one" (Financial Times)

"Fascinating...highly accessible...Greenfield is a lucid and thorough communicator" (Independent on Sunday)

"Greenfield has a point, however unfashionable it may be...an interesting polemic and a starting point for further debate" (Frank Dillon Irish Times)

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Highly topical, stimulating addition to the most important debate of our time (the effects of new technology), by one of the UK's leading neuroscientists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846044308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846044304
  • ASIN: B00JWV160G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a thought provoking and challneging wake up call to everyone. It addresses how our brains are adapting to the Google world at a cost.Some pwerful arguments backed up by quality research and advocacy. Offers an intelligent review of a wide range of psychological research.
The big shame is that what Susan Greenfield needs is a powerful meme to help spread her ideas and issue - and you get the idea that she hopes 'Mind Change' will serve as her shorthand word of mouth wake up call. Unfortunately the name 'Mind Change' is too bland and anodyne to work as an effective meme.
Nonetheless, take it form me, this a must read for anyone who wants to create a better world.
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a scientist writing about complex subject of mental processes in a clear and nonjargon way for non-science reader.some exciting revelation about human brain and consciousness. I enjoyed reader it
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so informative and food for thought. Recommending to all my friends who have kids glued to their computer toys ! always enjoy her books
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Thought provoking, this was a book I took notes from and continued to think about after I'd finished it. Greenfield chapter by chapter addresses the ways in which the potential plasticity of the human brain interacts with internet technology and gaming. She uses reams of experimental data and is not afraid to admit to contradictions and grey areas. I found it incredibly useful as a framework to reflect on how thousands of years of human evolution has or has not prepared us for technology that has and is changing so fast.
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Evidence free hypothesising on the state of the nations youth. The worry is that some people might mistake this for science, since it comes from the pen of someone who used to be one of our leading scientists. For more detail, there is a good review and commentary here:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-lay-scientist/2014/oct/03/mind-change-susan-greenfield-has-a-big-idea-but-what-is-it
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A considered logical and thought provoking approach to what I agree could be a major problem for future society unless thoroughly investigated and thought-through.
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An excellent book aimed at a wide audience. Well-wriiten with plenty of references to research (without being too academic). It's an important book too: it brings an enlightening view of the the effects of digital technologies on such a substantial proportion of the world's population - especially the young (digital natives as she calls them). She points out many of the dangers of over-use and its potential to alter the way in which we relate to others.

Every parent should read this book!!
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If the mind is what the brain does, then the ever-accelerating increase of data to be processed creates new challenges for our cognition skills and their support resources. In this context, I am again reminded of an observation by Charles Darwin: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."

I hope that Susan Greenfield is right: "The human mind will adapt to whatever environment in which it is placed. The cyberworld of the twenty-first century is offering a new type of environment. Therefore, the brain could be changing in parallel, in corresponding new ways. To the extent to which we can begin to understand and anticipate these changes, positive or negative, we will be better able to navigate this new world. So let's probe further into how Mind Change, just like climate change, is not only global [begin italics] global [end it italics] but also [begin italics] unprecedented [end it italics], [begin italics] controversial [end it italics], and [begin italics] multifaceted [end it italics].
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