New research shows that our reliance on the Internet has changed the way our brain organizes and remembers information. See the full article at: http://news.columbia.edu/research/2490
As our brains adapt to the wealth of information available via the Internet, it appears that we are more likely to remember how to find information than we are to remember the content of the information. This finding (see Columbia University Research for the full article) brings up questions about how we teach and learn in higher education. Perhaps a greater awareness of how to locate information will lead to less emphasis on memorization, thus freeing up time and mental energy to focus on higher order understanding.