Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gary Small Discusses His Book: iBrain

This interview is part of the Conversations.net and FutureofEducation.com interview series.

Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Time:
5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tinyurl.com/convnet. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event.


Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and directs the Memory and Aging Research Center and the UCLA Center on Aging. He is one of the world's leading experts on brain science and has published numerous books and articles. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world's top innovators in science and technology, and he frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20 and CNN. Dr. Small has invented the first brain scan that allows doctors to see the physical evidence of brain aging and Alzheimer's disease in living people. Among his numerous breakthrough research studies, he now leads a team of neuroscientists who are demonstrating that exposure to computer technology causes rapid and profound changes in brain neural circuitry.

iBrain:
Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

One of America’s leading neuroscientists reveals the remarkable brain evolution caused by the constant presence of technology today, separating the digital natives – those born in the computer age – from the digital immigrants, who discovered computer technology as adults.

Today’s frenetic progress in technology, communications, and lifestyles is evolving the way young brains develop, function, and process information – creating new neural pathways and altering brain activity at a biochemical level.

To compete and excel in this age of brain evolution, all of us must adapt, and Dr. Gary Small elucidates the strategies and tools that we need to enhance our technological, social, and empathic abilities, including:

• Key strategies for bridging the brain gap
• Empathy upgrades for digital natives
• A technology toolkit for digital immigrants
• Tips for managing techno-brain burnout
• Ways to avoid video game-brain
• Strategies for beating high-tech addiction
• Social skills for re-connecting face-to-face
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