Impact of internet on our brains

What is the Internet Doing to our Brains?

Dr. Paul Howard Jones shared his views and findings in the video.

Is Google rewiring our brains?

Is it true that the more time we spend on internet, the less time we spend in real life socialising?

In the highlights of Recent Social Network Site Research

– SNS’s generally stimulate teenage social connectedness and psychological well-being

– It is about how the technology is used: Benefits if supporting existing friendships

Is the internet bad for us?

Paul compares technology of fire-making

– GOOD for warmth and toasting muffins

– BAD: if used carelessly¬†– No panic headlines: “Fire may destroy us”

– we understand dangers and precautions.

It’s about how we use technology – when, how much, what for…

So, it is the affordance of technology that makes the difference, based on what and how technology is used in situations.

Would the use of internet lead people to do more or less physical exercise?  Research findings on this were divided Рwith some indicating that people exercised more whilst others indicating that people exercised less with the use of internet.

Are games (and internet games in particular) good teachers?

In Paul’s views games could be good teacher.

Action video games improve:

– Performance on many visuomotor tasks

– Switching of visual attention

– Suppression of distracting visual influences

– Inference of an action’s probable outcome

– Contrast sensitivity (primary factor limiting sight)

What are people doing on internet?

– Adults – pornography & illicit relationship

– Young people – gaming

This is an interesting finding.  I think it depends on what sort of games people are involved in.  There are World of Warcraft, educational games etc.

In the virtual World such as SecondLife, there are lots of people immersed in it, for socialising, communicating and sharing, education, or dating etc.  There are huge potential of the use SecondLife in Medical and Health Education, SecondLife in distance education.

Another reason why games could simulate learning is based on the premises that : We love uncertain rewards. ¬†This is especially true for those of us who like to overcome the obstacles, and to achieve certain outcomes, like advancement of achievement levels and engagement and interaction with others to accomplish team, network, or community (or COPs) goals – that’s the reward that most of us like. ¬†These may relate to the use of gamification¬†to engage people (students in particular), so they would interact with the games, people and those involved in the system.

What else have you found, with internet and games in particular, on our brain?

To explore further:

How about the impact of internet on teaching and learning? ¬†Your views….

#Change11 Future of Gaming

Enjoy this

What is the educational value of gaming in learning?

In this paper of Video games and the Future of Learning, the authors conclude that:

“We need to understand how game players develop effective social practices and skills in¬†navigating complex systems, and how those skills can support learning in other complex¬†domains. And most of all, we need to leverage these understandings to build games that develop¬†for players the epistemic frames of scientists, engineers, lawyers, and other valued communities¬†of practice‚ÄĒas well as games that can help transform those practices for experienced.”

So, different communities or networks of practice have different ways of thinking and action. ¬†Educators would act like educators, and learners would act like learners. ¬†MOOCers would act like MOOCers ūüôā

How would games help in building the networks and communities?  What are your online game favorites?  What criteria did you use to choose those games?

As shared in my previous posts, I am new to online game ūüôā

Postscript: This presentation on gamification sounds interesting.


A short game for you

Here are 4 questions for you to try:

1. Which of the following people do you think will decide relating to trees in a forest?

Your match

(1) Australian  _________(c) Grow more trees

(2) Chinese ___________

(3) Americans _________(e) Preserve the trees

(4) Europeans _________(e) Preserve the trees

(5) Canadians _________(c) Grow more trees

Match the above people with the following options:

(a) Burn the trees

(b) Cut the trees

(c) Grow more trees

(d) Sell the trees

(e) Preserve the trees

2. What questions do you think the following people will ask relating to apples?

(1) Priest

(2) Teacher

(3) Housewife

(4) Businessman

(5) Farmer

(6) Scientist

Question asked:

(a) How much profit can I make with the selling of these apples?   _______(4) Businessman

(b) What sort of recipe is best for apple as ingredient? _______(3) Housewife

(c) Why did Adam eat apple? _______(1) Priest, (2) Teacher

(d) How many apples can I grow? _______(5) Farmer

(e) How did Newton find out the relationship between apple falling and gravity? _______(2) Teacher, (6) Scientist

3. What question will you ask if you were to identify the following people who are unknown to you?

(1) Secret agent

(2) Businessman

(3) Politician

(4) Doctor

(5) Teacher

(6) Housewife


(a) What do you make for a living? ______(2) Businessman

(b) Which party would you suggest to vote for? ______(3) Politician

(c) What is your health condition? ______(4) Doctor

(d) Do you cook? _____(6) Housewife

(e) Are you a spy? _____(1) Secret agent

4. What would you like to become if you were to return to work with your previous organisation(s)?

(a) Manager of your immediate previous boss

(b) Be in the same position as you have held in the organisation

(c) Business owner

(d) Manager Director

(e) Job of your choice _______

Your answer: _______Only you could answer this!

Answers to be posted later.  Have fun.

Answers posted on 3 Oct 11