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How modern technology is rewiring our brains

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Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to adapt over time as a result of experience. Changes in neural pathways and the formation of new connections have been observed closely over the past few decades, dispelling the previous thought that structural change in the brain only takes place during our formative childhood years.

Scientists now believe that the brain adapts all the time. Yet brain plasticity has a potential downside: the way we receive and process information has changed and gadgets could literally be reshaping our brain as a result. New technologies can be used to boost our creativity, yes, but some scientists are worried about the longer term effects of attention deficit disorders and screen addiction.

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