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This is Your Brain Online: The Impact of Digital Technology on Mental Health

  • Grand Valley State University Bicycle Factory 201 Front Avenue Southwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 United States (map)

Course Description:

A growing body of research from a variety of disciplines indicates that the wide-spread use of digital technology—including computers, the internet, video games, and smart phones—has a measurable, negative impact on the human brain, resulting in significant changes in our sleep, mood, concentration, empathy, identity and relationships, and our memory and learning, as well as behaviors such as risk-taking and aggression. This effect appears to be more pronounced for the younger generation of so-called “digital natives”: those who have been over-using digital technology and social media during critical stages of brain development. This workshop will review some of the pertinent research on this topic and explore the implications of this trend for clinical and public-health intervention strategies.

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CE Value (credits): 6
CE Type: Standard

Grand Valley State University

Contact Information:
Leslie Bateman

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