Do Our Electronic Devices Make It Tough to Grasp Science?

Do Our Electronic Devices Make It Tough to Grasp Science?

Excessive interaction with electronic devices may be related to weaker activity in areas of the brain that are key to understanding scientific texts, say researchers.


In a study that used neuroimaging to explore brain activity, the researchers found the frequent e-device use—such as texting on a smartphone or reading on a tablet—was negatively correlated with activity in brain areas that are critical for integrating multiple sources of information.


Expository texts, such as articles in a science textbook, typically use inter-connected information, which means that material in one part of the text must be link ..