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How reading on screens is rewiring our brains

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-04 02:00

Dr. Maryanne Wolf says that reading isn't something we're born to do — it's something we train our brain to do.

Wolf is the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, and the author of "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain." She says we rewire parts of our brain and build new circuits as we learn to read.

But something interesting is happening as we use new technology for the process of reading: The circuits we're building in our brain are different than those we build when we read books. And some of the implications are worrisome for our ability for deep thought.

Following other discussions for this week's series on technology and reading education, Wolf joins us to talk about reading, new tech and their impact on the brain.

Click the media player above to hear Dr. Maryanne Wolf in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

VIDEO: 'Right policy not to pay hostage ransoms'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 23:02
PM David Cameron says he is convinced that the UK's approach of not paying "ransoms to terrorists who kidnap our citizens" is the right policy.

A&E human rights inquiry underway

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 21:29
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Inquiry into Emergency Health Care will begin on Thursday with the health minister and the chief medical officer due to give evidence.

Djokovic beats Murray to reach semis

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 21:28
World number one Novak Djokovic beats Britain's Andy Murray in four sets to reach the US Open semi-finals in New York.

Nato leaders to meet Poroshenko

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 21:24
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will brief world leaders on the crisis in his country before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales.

'We will not be cowed' - front pages

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 21:00
The press sees David Cameron and US President Barack Obama presenting a united front against Islamic State militants as Nato leaders meet in Wales.

PM and Obama unite in defiance of IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 20:27
David Cameron and Barack Obama say they are determined to "confront" militant group Islamic State (IS), as they prepare for a Nato summit in Wales.

VIDEO: Burst water main floods San Diego

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 20:09
A water main has burst causing flooding in a San Diego neighbourhood, where locals took the opportunity to use their lilos.

Calais migrants try to storm ferry

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 19:54
Scores of illegal migrants in the French port of Calais unsuccessfully tried to force their way onto a ferry bound for England, officials say.

Abbott in India over uranium deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 19:31
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in India for a two-day visit, with a deal on uranium sales high on the agenda.

Leaders focus on social justice

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 19:30
Labour leader Ed Miliband and First Minister Alex Salmond set out contrasting ways to achieve social justice in Scotland.

VIDEO: "Landmark" special educational reform

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-03 19:08
The recent reforms to special educational needs are described as the biggest for a "generation".