601 The Digitized Brain

Gary SmallGary Small • Sunday All Day
Our high-tech revolution has plunged us into a state of continuous partial attention—we’re always busy with our gadgets, but never really focusing on anything. This isn’t a benign state. Scientists know that long periods of continuous partial attention put the brain into a heightened state of stress, which the presenter calls “techno-brain burnout.” Whether or not your clients seek your help because of specific computer-related problems—online gaming, shopping, gambling, or pornography addiction, for example—many of their issues, including depression, AD/HD, anxiety, and marital conflict, may well be exacerbated by the continual flow of stress hormones triggered by excessive Internet use. In this workshop, you’ll learn what you need to know to assess your clients’ Internet use, explore possibly problematic Internet behaviors with them, and help them get their heads out of the “cloud” and back into their own lives.

Gary Small, M.D., is director of the UCLA Longevity Center at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. He’s the coauthor of iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.

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