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From http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com/1107/110718-memory.html

GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

New research (1) ____________ the Internet is changing our memory. Researchers from Colombia University presented people

with different questions and found many (2) ____________ to think of computers. Lead researcher Dr Betsy Sparrow said that

when

test

participants

knew

the

answers

would

be

(3) ____________ on a computer, they did less well on the memory tests. She said we use the Internet as a new “transactive memory”. We (4) ____________ on this to do the remembering for us. It‟s similar to our personal (5) ____________ being backed up on a hard disk. The Internet acts as a huge storage

for all the world‟s knowledge (6) that is there , ____________ when we need it. Dr Sparrow said computers were not making us (7) ____________ intelligent. “I don't think Google is making us (8) ____________. We're just changing the way that we're remembering things,” she said.

Dr Sparrow believes we are

remembering

where

we

(9) ____________

keep

information

very

good at

in

different

(10) ____________

on our computers. She said:

"

This suggests

that for the things we

can find online, we tend to keep it online as

(11) ____________ externally stored."

as memory is

concerned - we

keep it

She explained

that because

we are

remembering the (12) ____________ of the information, rather than the information itself, we are becoming better at organising (13) ____________ quantities of data and facts in a more accessible way. She also said the way we use technology is

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ t o r e m e m b e r t h i n changing our (14) g s , s a y i n g : I f you can find stuff online even while you're walking down the

(15) t h e s e d a y s , t h e n t h e s k i l l t o h a v e , t h e t h i n go g ____________ ____________ to remember is where information." (16) the to to

The Internet is changing our memory 18th July, 2011 More free lessons at www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com - Copyright Sean Banville 2011

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