The Internet isn’t changing kids’ brains, writes cognitive scientist Daniel T. Willingham in an excerpt from The Reading Mind on Education Next.
“Video games and surfing the Web change the brain” in the same way reading a book changes the brain, he writes. “The brain is adaptive, so it’s always changing,” but he doesn’t think the “basic architecture of the mind” can be completely reshaped.
He sees no evidence that tech-loving young people can’t sustain their attention. Their apparent distractibility is an unwillingness to tolerate boredom.
“It’s an expectation that I should always have…
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