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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
(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
on our computers. She said:
that for the things we
can find online, we tend to keep it online as
(11) ____________ externally stored."
as memory is
concerned - we
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
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