Social Media is a Physical Extension of Your Brain

October 25, 2012
Topic: Blog

Here is some interesting information about how social media affects your brain and your behavior.

(Photo credit: Intersection Consulting) We’ve evolved well past the limitations of our own brains into the brains of our closest friends — not metaphorically, but literally. We utilize the people we know and engage with deeply as active extensions — prostheses — of our thinking, reasoning, and creating brain. […]

According to science, we’ve already evolved to where our brains are not our own. Our minds easily extend to include the minds of the people around us, expanding our capacity to think, learn, remember, and to create. Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, of Stanford University, posits that we use our friends and family as a thought prosthesis, not unlike the physical prostheses our wounded warriors use to restore their bodies to near full-capability. I attended a conference over the weekend and got to listen to a seminar by Dr. Kosslyn, an American psychologist who specializes in the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience who is now director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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