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1/9/2007

Teens and Screens


Technology and Cognitive Function: Implications
for Adolescents in the Information Age

Rachel Ma
River Hill High School
G/T Independent Research

Advisor: Ms. Kathryn L. Mills, Oregon Health and Science University


G/T Resource Teacher: Ms. Mary Jane Sasser
Multitasking
Multitasking Myths?

T/F : Multitasking helps us get things done


faster.

T/F: When you multitask more, you become


better at it.
False!
Multitasking:
Increased error
rates
Longer time
needed
More multitasking
better performance
behavioral
distractability
Our Brain during Multitasking
- The prefrontal cortex
- Planning
- Decision Making
- Working memory and attention
- Information Processing

- The teen brain?


- Myelination
Information Overload
Exposure to too much data, overriding the
human brains information processing capacity

Cue Overload & Memory


Information Paralysis
Information overload,
technology, and us?

Step away from the updates


and reduce stress
Minimize decision-making
Focus on what matters
Technology and
Sleep
CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS
The bodys internal clock regulating feelings of wakefulness over a day
Melatonin primary hormone regulating sleep
Blue Light (Short Wavelength Light)

Print books vs. eReaders


Delayed melatonin secretion
Reduced alertness
Fatigue
Impaired memory
Night Shift Mode
f.lux
Beyond Light: Screens Before Sleep?
Stress
Decreased sleep quality
Greater tiredness

How can we maintain a


healthy balance?
Implications?

Focus and simplicity


Mindfulness in daily life