Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

This Is Your Brain on the Internet

We know where to find information — we just can’t remember it anymore. The Earth has never witnessed a more seamless tool for knowledge-sharing than the internet. Word-of-mouth is a great way to send knowledge from one brain to another, … Continue reading

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The Best Private Search Engines — Alternatives to Google

Private search engines have seen huge growth over the past few years. Until recently, it was unthinkable that anyone could compete with Google in the search realm. However, there are now many smaller players in the search game that are … Continue reading

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Activism in the Social Media Age

As the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag turns 5 years old, a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media’s impact on political and civic engagement. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which was first … Continue reading

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Digital media use linked to behavioral problems in kids

Are children who spend lots of time using digital devices prone to psychiatric problems? A team of USC scientists says yes in a new study that appears today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Teens who are heavy … Continue reading

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Smartphones and Cognition: A Review of Research

While smartphones and related mobile technologies are recognized as flexible and powerful tools that, when used prudently, can augment human cognition, there is also a growing perception that habitual involvement with these devices may have a negative and lasting impact … Continue reading

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The Cognition Crisis

Anxiety. Depression. ADHD. Dementia. The human brain is in trouble. Technology is a cause — and a solution. Our lives on this planet have improved in so many amazing ways over the last century. On average, we are now healthier, … Continue reading

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Network visualisations show what we can and what we may know

In 1928 Jacob Levy Moreno, a Vienna-trained psychiatrist who had recently emigrated to New York, developed an innovative way of identifying ‘at risk’ children. He analysed social patterns at the State Training School for Girls and the Riverdale Country School … Continue reading

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Six or seven things Social Media can do for democracy

Social media often goes very wrong. Making it right requires a vision for how social media can help, not harm, society. Social media doesn’t work the way we think it should. That’s the conclusion many people have come to in … Continue reading

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Design Thinking to Ethical Technological Innovation

There is growing interest and importance for responsible research and innovation (RRI) among academic scholars and policymakers, especially, in relation to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. It is also to be noted that, although the design thinking approach has been … Continue reading

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Webinars as Active Learning Arenas

There is still a tendency for educators to use webinars as an online lecture hall, replicating the traditional one-to-many delivery of the physical classroom. This is unfortunate since most web-based communication platforms that are used for webinars today offer a … Continue reading

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