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Outsourcing Memory

  • Alan J. Reid
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Abstract

Smartphone usage directly impacts cognitive ability. In addition to promoting cognitive load, multitasking, and fragmented attention, these devices alter thought processes and memory capabilities. This cognitive shift is most evident in the differences between print and digital reading, which are often interchanged. The modality changes the way text is comprehended, interpreted, and remembered. In addition, it is argued that the use of search engines, and by extension intelligent assistants, is a reflection of user biases and existing knowledge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Reid
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCoastal Carolina UniversityConwayUSA

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