“…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we know…”The average IQ of the population at large has been increasing every 10 years,” says Alvaro Fernandez, who runs Sharp Brains, an applied neuroscience company. “IQ is not the only thing that matters, but if something was very, very harmful for our brains, we would have already noticed it there.”
“We have to be very careful with children,” Alvaro concedes. “[Smart devices] can create an addiction if they are exposed too early. Adults also have to prevent constant distractions.”
We are proud to share that Dr. Michael Merzenich, Professor Emeritus at UCSF, co-developer of the first cochlear implants, pioneer of neuroplasticity research, co-founder of Scientific Learning and Posit Science, and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, will speak at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th). You can check out the Preliminary Agenda here.