Your Brain on E

e-words by Angie Mah
e-image courtesy of Flickr member: brain_blogger

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Well, E-Books.

It’s no longer contestable, computers and handheld reading devices like smart-phones are altering the way that we read by the millisecond.

Last Saturday at the Boston Book Festival, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue hosted a talk titled, “The Future of Reading: Books Without Pages?”  Guest speakers from Google, Sony, Interread, and Pixel Qi joined an auditorium packed with curious audience members at the Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall to discuss with the public strategies these companies are undertaking to digitize essentially all of the world’s readable resources into one enormous database. Their collective hope for the future of reading: to make materials readily accessible to a large number of people at the fastest rate possible—at once an appealing and all-over frightening notion.  But for a moment forget about productivity and usefulness, and dwell on this article published by the New York Times in early October which delves into the question of whether or not humans even like e-reading and the ways that e-reading is rapidly affecting and shaping the way people are remembering, learning, and understanding written material and visual representations.

Try this memory exercise out for size.

The image above is from Charles Bell (1774-1842): The Anatomy of the Brain, Explained in a Series of Engravings. London: T.N. Longman and O. Rees (etc.), 1802.

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