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The brain in the digital era and "Branching literacy"


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One of the main characteristics of the brain is that of neural plasticity, which allows this anatomical structure to give functional adaptive responses to environmental stimuli. This is achieved via the creation of different cerebral phenotypes from a network of connections and cerebral wiring that are inheritable, not genetically but epigenetically, through social learning. So what changes is the brain undergoing in the Digital Age? What are the implications for higher-order cognitive skills? What impact do digital technologies have on literacy? These are the questions that this work seeks to address.

Keywords

Digital Era; New technologies; Brain evolution; Branching Literacy; Educational Technology; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); Digital Literacy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17471/2499-4324/116

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