Books and Your Brain Continued… Paper or Plasma

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By: Tina Davidson

Reading and Your Brain

Did you know you can exercise the deep reading part of your brain quite simply? All you have to do is put down your Kindle (after you’re done reading my blog, of course) and spend some time reading a paperback book instead.

I found a great link to an article, based on a radio interview, that discusses our bi-lateral brain and why we shouldn’t only read from screens.

You can read about it here. I found the following quote interesting:

Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards “non-linear” reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page.

What about you? Did your brain just skim the quote I posted? Did you skip reading the full article?

Thanks to @movedtowrite for retweeting the link to this article on Twitter!

Writing and Your Brain

I guess we still need old-fashioned books and the experience of writing with pencil on paper. Here’s a quote from another interesting article that @tara_in_canada tweeted.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

The article also mentions the benefits of students taking notes by hand rather than on a laptop.

I think technology has its benefits (I love being able to create graphics on my laptop) but there’s still a lot to figure out when it comes to the effects of technology on the brain.

Wi-Fi and Your Brain

I posted a link previously from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) about Wi-Fi in the schools and how schools should proceed with caution in regards to devices that emit electromagnetic frequencies (stay wired for internet if possible). When I read the recent article: “First US Public School District Limits Wi-Fi Radiation Exposure to Students and Staff,” I found this to be good news.

Ashland, Massachusetts Public Schools have implemented Wi-Fi Device “Best Practices” which include turning the Wi-Fi off when not in use and keeping devices on a table.

Let’s use technology but limit the radiation exposure is basically what the school is implementing and promoting.

Hopefully, schools aren’t trading in all our kids’ textbooks and notebooks for Chromebooks too quickly (Sorry, Google, if you were hoping to take over the school market). Hopefully, we’ll find a happy balance with technology in our homes and schools. One day my children and perhaps grandchildren may write a handwritten note to thank me for keeping them safe.

Join me, @tinabrainblog, on Twitter and let me know what interesting brain facts you’ve stumbled upon lately.

Sources:

Twitter

“Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren’t the same thing.” The Takeaway. September 18, 2014. Editor T.J. Raphael.

“What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades.” http://www.nytimes.com. Maria Konnikova. June 2, 2014.

“First US Public School District Limits Wi-Fi Radiation Exposure to Students and Staff.” SBWire. September 25, 2015.

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3 responses to “Books and Your Brain Continued… Paper or Plasma

  1. Wi Fi in the schools is a disaster. Constant screen viewing hampers brain development, cognition and the biological effects of chronic microwave exposure may cause cancer, neurological problems, blood brain barrier permeability, reproductive harm, etc. There are now over a dozen sperm studies that confirm sperm damage from using a laptop. Microwave radiation from Wi-Fi routers was classified a Class 2B carcinogen by the W.H.O. in 2011. None of these microwave emitting devices were ever pre-market safety tested. When we measured the microwave exposure in my daughter’s school it was 50x’s higher than standing 100 feet from a cell tower. Science confirms this but the 4 trillion dollar telecommunications industry buys scientists, media and members of high profile agencies. Industry money is the second highest source of revenue that the U.S. “Government” has. How can it be that the FCC is funding this disaster and is also in charge of regulating microwave exposures of wireless devices. Exposure levels in the US are 100 x’s higher than levels in Russia and China. What do they know about harm that we are not telling??? 34 Scientific Studies Related to Exposure to Microwave Radiation from Wi-Fi
    http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org

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    • Thanks for your insight wirlesswatchblog. It is indeed frightening that society has yet to grasp the health ramifications from these exposures. I think parents feel safe putting a wireless baby monitor in their baby’s crib because it has become the norm. Of course, Target or BabiesRUs wouldn’t sell them something that has the potential to harm their child, right? The American Academy of Pediatrics posted their findings from the Growing up Digital: Media Research Symposium online. The document is dated 10.1.2015. In my skim reading of the article, it lists the advantages and disadvantages of digital media use. It fails to mention any danger from the exposure of EMFs on a developing child using a wireless device. It is discouraging that this information is not addressed. Keep spreading the word.

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