Friday, November 19, 2010

TEDx Youth Day will be streaming live

I know... enough with the TED stuff already.  But.... if you're the kind of person who is into new, thought provoking ideas, you'll want to catch this.  If you can't make it to TEDx Youth Day in your city tomorrow (11/20) you can watch it streaming live here: 

For the Sacramento TEDx event, go here: Youth Sacramento

Quick preview of the presentation by one of the many speakers to present tomorrow in Sacramento.
Many of today's youth spend their time in Internet-based virtual worlds like Second Life or in role-playing games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft.  What is this doing to their brains? Alex Terrazas, President and Chief Scientist at Media Balance, addresses this question through a discussion of his research on the hippocampus (the brain area critical to cognitive mapping).  He says that by living in virtual worlds and relying on technology like GPS devices, we may be letting the hippocampus out of its usual job of mapping events to their locations. The question is, what is the hippocampus going to be used for now?

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