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Brain, behaviour and the digital world

© 2017 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives – in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments.

Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training and much more, and will provide students with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world.

It answers important questions:

  • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving and decision making?
  • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think?
  • Can human cognition keep up with technology?

Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.


1. Exploring the concept of Cyberspace
2. The Human Information Processor
3. The Population(s) of Cyberspace
4. Attracting Attention in the Digital Environment
5. Digital Gaming, Brain Training and Cognition
6. Multitasking
7. Task Switching and Digital Technology; The Impact of Interruptions
8. Technology and Education
9. Decision Making in the Online Environment; Credibility
10. Search Strategies and Heuristics
11. Technology Addictions and Cognition
12. The End - Where do we go from here?

Hadlington's book fills a void in the library of academic tomes in this field...the breadth of topics included is impressive, and there are dedicated chapters to the much-debated topics of technology addictions and brain training applications (which) also encourage readers to consider all sides of these debates. The author takes complex topics, presents them in a highly engaging and thorough format, and encourages the reader to apply the research data to their own daily interactions with technology. He also carefully considers the peer-reviewed research in the field, avoiding sensationalism in favour of basing his conclusions on evidence-based studies. It is, in all, an excellent read, engaging and informative for undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic staff alike.

Grainne Kirwan
The Psychologist - The British Psychological Society

Written in a clear, concise and accessible style, this book will keep readers engaged and reading on.

Dr Daria J. Kuss
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

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