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Technology may change cognition without necessarily harming it

What is the long-term impact of technological advances on cognitive abilities? We critically examine relevant findings and argue that there is no clear evidence for detrimental lasting effects of digital technology on cognitive abilities. But we also suggest how digital technology may be changing predominant ways of cognition.

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We thank Kristen Duke for thoughtful comments on an earlier draft.

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Cecutti, L., Chemero, A. & Lee, S.W.S. Technology may change cognition without necessarily harming it. Nat Hum Behav 5, 973–975 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01162-0

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