How a Digital World Changes the Brain

52 min
at 10:00 AM
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If you’ve picked up a book lately or even tried to read a long article and found yourself struggling to finish, you’re not alone. Cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf says that the digital world has changed something very fundamental: our brains. Wolf’s book, "Reader, Come Home," offers a series of letters advocating for the preservation of traits like critical thinking and empathy, important skills she feels are less present in today’s fast-paced, multitasking world. We talk with Wolf about how the brain is adapting to a digital and screen-dominant culture.

Guests:

Maryanne Wolf, visiting professor, UCLA, where she directs the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice; author, "Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World"

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