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Google and Memory

by Bill Hayes

In Study Finds That Memory Works Differently in the Age of Google, Columbia University reports on research by psychologist Betsy Sparrow.

Sparrow’s research reveals that we forget things we are confident we can find on the Internet. We are more likely to remember things we think are not available online. And we are better able to remember where to find something on the Internet than we are at remembering the information itself. This is believed to be the first research of its kind into the impact of search engines on human memory organization. [more]