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García L. Nussbaum M.Bolton J. (2005)

Correlations between digital tools and humans cognitive processes

Lecture Notes in Computer Science,, 3597, 326-335.,

Tipo de publicación: ISI UC
Departamento: Ciencia de la Computación

Centros: Centro de Estudios de Políticas y Prácticas en Educación
Áreas: Ciencias de la Computación Teoría y Métodos
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Abstract

Chat is one of the Internet’s services that have had a particularly strong influence on young people, and its effects on their skills development is worthy of investigation. This study focuses on the possible consequences of the use of Chat on cognitive processes. More specifically, it evaluates the impact of frequent Chat use on the development of memory and on cognitive style. This research, exploratory in nature, began with an instrument for classifying 125 students in 5th to 8th grade at schools in Chile, according to their Chat use. We then applied a memory and attention test based on the Digit Span Subtest of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, followed by a Group Embedded Figures Test to evaluate cognitive styles. The results show that there are significant differences on both tests between frequent and infrequent users of Chat services.