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Google Is Changing Your Brain, Study Says

from the San Jose Mercury-News

A new study confirms it: Google is altering your brain. More precisely, our growing dependence on the Internet has changed how--and what--our brains choose to remember.

When we know where to find information, we're less likely to remember it--an amnesia dubbed "The Google Effect" by a team led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University. Goodbye, soul-searching; hello, facts-at-fingertips.

The finding, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, doesn't prove that Google, Yahoo or other search engines are making us dumber, as some have asserted. We're still capable of remembering things that matter--and are not easily found online, Sparrow said.

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