Susan Greenfield: The Future of the Brain--14 Sep 2010
More and more scientists are talking about the plasticity of the brain and its ability to be moulded and shaped by experiences. Neuroscientist Professor Susan Greenfield believes today's developing brain is being worryingly reshaped by excessive visual stimulation into an organ that lacks the ability to make sound judgements and measure risk.
Biotechnology, nanotechnology, even the internet, she says, are all impacting on our brains and could be heralding future generations with different abilities, agendas and even ways of thinking. Her prediction is that we might be standing on the brink of a mind-makeover more cataclysmic than anything in our history.
Susan Greenfield is speaking at the University of Western Australia