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Is Google Changing The Way We Think?

Posted on the 23 September 2011 by Utpalpande @utpalpande

Is Google making us stupid or is it in fact an extension of our knowledge. ‘Google and Memory’ is an infographic by that compiles data collected from,, and other sources to reveal what Google has done to our brains.

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The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want. We can “Google” the old classmate, find articles online, or look up the actor who was on the tip of our tongue. The results of four studies suggest that when faced with difficult questions, people are primed to think about computers and that when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and enhanced recall instead for where to access it. The Internet has become a primary form of external or transactive memory, where information is stored collectively outside ourselves. — Science Magazine

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