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15 July 2011

Is Google replacing your memory?

A new study has found that the brain just doesn't remember information as well if the person knows that the information has been saved on a computer. What people may remember, however, is where they need to look on the computer to access that information.

Before the advent of home computers and cell phones, you probably memorised a lot more information - such as phone numbers and birthdays - than you do now.

"I think [technology] might hurt the type of memorisation that we usually think about, like remembering the name of an actress, but I think there might be some benefits, too," said study author Betsy Sparrow, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Columbia University in New York City.

 
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