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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 290
Title: Attention in the digital age
Lead Author: Waterman, Muffie W
Abstract: We are all participants in the largest social experiment of the past 500 years. Todays children are digital natives, inhabiting a world awash with technology vastly different from the one we have known. There is nothing we need to understand more than what impact immersive social technologies will have on the future. Within this framework several directions will be important to study: first and most central is the management of attention (multitasking, simultaneous attention, and linguistic relativity); second are issues of social learning and connectedness (attachment, identity, mirror neuron system); and finally a sense of purpose (empathy, compassion (or play) and moral reasoning). Immersion in technology has already altered childrens way of thinking, perceiving, and acting, and coming advances will only accelerate such changes. What is at stake is how we interact, how we think, and what we think about. At the foundation of this change will be attention. What is needed, therefore, is an examination of attention in the digital age, accounting for everything from its ethnographic experience to its neurological basis, and whatever lies between. Starting with the most basic element of cognition  our attention  how will the digital world change who we are?
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