Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two great books on internet use and the impact of new technology on the brain!

I am in the process of reading two books:

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment is edited by Kimberly Young (a pioneer in the field of internet addiction) and Cristiano Nabuco de Abrue (also an authority on addiction and technology). This a great resource as there are 15 chapters on a wide variety of issues related to the use and abuse of the internet. The book covers everything from current prevalence estimates and etiologic models of internet addiction to addiction to online role playing games to working with teens addicted to the internet. This book represents the first text that contains contributions from the world's leading experts in the field on internet addiction and internet psychology. As the text was published in 2011 it also contains the most current research from all over the world.

The other book is Surviving the Technological alteration of the Modern Mind by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. Dr. Small is the director of the Memory and Aging Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Small, is one of the world's leading experts on brain functioning and behavior. In this book he  explores how technology's progress has already altered the way young minds develop, function, and interpret information. 

Some of the chapters include: Your Brain on Google, Techno-Brain Burnout, Email Junkies, Online Politics, and Can TV Trigger Autism?

As I make my way through these books I will keep you all posted on the highlights!

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