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Five neuroscientists go outdoors without technology

August 19, 2010

Check out this New York Times story. It’s about five neuroscientists who go rafting down the San Juan River  to try and understand whether the heavy use of digital devices – cellphones, laptops etc – makes us less attentive and how going into the outdoors can reverse the effects of a cluttered mind.

Their hypothesis is that using too much technology is not only tiring and takes up brain space but that one also spends precious time thinking about the anticipation of checking emails and iphones etc. By the end of the trip the neurosurgeons found themselves slowing down and noticing much more around them.

I’m hoping my mother, who didn’t like being ‘unconnected’ when we were out of coverage range during our recent trip to Lake Hawea, will take heed!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2010 10:04 pm

    Its amazing the difference it makes to just get out of the clutter that is living in the city. I find myself feeling unproductive and crankey but cant figure out why, until I spend a little time outside of cellphone range and away from it all (chilling with the birds at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary is my fave) and I feel so much better, and am actually able to get a lot more and better work done when I get back.
    It should be intuitive really – letting your brain refresh 🙂

    • August 24, 2010 9:09 am

      Yeah, same – I feel much more relaxed/recharged getting in the outdoors. Maybe it is such an obvious idea it gets overlooked.

  2. Catherine permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:31 pm

    Oooh – I hope you don’t read this mum!

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