Can Google make you smarter? Is the more you Yahoo, the better?

A new study suggests that searching online could be beneficial for the mature brain. A study  conducted by  Dr. Gary Small has been in all the news this week.  


Join us Wednesday evening  as Gary  discuss how your brain changes  using today’s  technology.


iBrain:  Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind


Date:               Wednesday Evening, Oct 22, 2008


Moderator:      Jeff Zimman – CEO, Posit Science


Speaker:         Gary Small, MD, Director of the Aging and Memory Research Center, Semel Institute


Location:        Wilson Sonsini – 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto  


Time:               6:00PM Registration, Hors d’oeuvres and Networking


                        7:00PM Presentation and Panel Discussion



$20.00 in advance on the website


$25.00 Walk-ins at the door (cash or check please, no credit cards accepted at door)


Here is the  buzz …   If you think our constant use of the internet, blackberry’s, iPods, text-messaging and video games have changed our lives and our children’s lives, here’s some breaking news:  Our frequent use of technology has not only altered our lives, it’s altered our brains.


Gary Small, M.D., one of America’s leading neuroscientists and one of the leading medical experts on memory and brain fitness, discusses the remarkable brain evolution caused by the constant presence of technology today, separating the digital natives – those born in the computer age – from the digital immigrants, those who discovered computer technology asadults.   Join us as Gary discusses:


·         Techno-Brain Burnout -psychological and brain stress from too much technological exposure


·         I Can Quit Any Time I Want — how we can, indeed, be addicted to, the internet, games, social networking ,our e-mail and more – Find out what happens in our brain when we see messages that we like.


·         Brain Gap – Technology Dividing Generations – gap between young digital natives and older adults.


Gary Small, M.D – Director of the Aging and Memory Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and directs the Memory and Aging Research Center and the UCLA Center on Aging. He is one of the world’s leading experts on brain science and has published numerous books and articles. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top innovators in science and technology, and he frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20 and CNN. Dr. Small has invented the first brain scan that allows doctors to see the physical evidence of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in living people. Among his numerous breakthrough research studies, he now leads a team of neuroscientists who are demonstrating that exposure to computer technology causes rapid and profound changes in brain neural circuitry.


Jeff Zimman is the co-founder and Chairman of Posit Science. From 2003 to 2008 he served as President and CEO of the company. He now chairs the Board of Directors and focuses his full-time efforts at the company on strategic relationships and corporate development. For the past two decades, Jeff has been involved with healthcare, information technology, and consumer products companies in implementing strategies leading to successful funding, high growth, and liquidity. Jeff is a former Venture Partner of VSP Capital, a former Managing Director of Lazard, where he founded and ran the investment bank’s early stage advisory business, and a former partner of Cooley Godward, where he headed the corporate and securities practice in the law firm’s San Francisco office. In addition to running these high-growth service businesses, he has served on the boards of several start-up companies. Earlier in his career, Jeff was an award-winning newspaper reporter, covering business and technology. He earned his AB degree at Bowdoin College and his JD and MBA degrees at Stanford University.


Release by:

Susan Ayers Walker, Technology Journalist

Managing Director, SmartSilvers

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(fax)         650-854-1889

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