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Saturday, October 13 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
BBF Unbound: Twitter Ate My Brain

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Like it or not, social media is here to stay. But beyond celebrity bloggers, fake news, and teen angst about "likes," the effect of social media extends way beyond the perils of diversion: this platform is altering our brains. Literally. We speak with digital media guru Sree Sreenivasan, child behavioral expert Michael Rich, neuroscientist Earl Miller, cognitive scientist Maryanne Wolf, and a social media case study--the Super Bowl “Selfie kid” Ryan McKenna, about why, if, and how we should tame the media beast. Life sciences journalist Sylvia Pagán Westphal will moderate this topical discussion--you’ll never look at your newsfeed the same way again! 

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Sylvia Pagán Westphal

Sylvia Pagán Westphal is a science and healthcare writer based in Boston. She is a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, New Scientist Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and... Read More →

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Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna is fourteen years old and an eighth grade student at Thayer Academy in Braintree. He lives with his parents and older brother in Scituate. Ryan's life changed drastically at last year's Super Bowl when Justin Timberlake unexpectedly took a selfie with Ryan as part of... Read More →
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Earl Miller

Earl Miller is the Picower Professor of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miller uses experimental and theoretical approaches to study the neural basis of the high-level cognitive functions that underlie complex goal-directed behavior. The focus is on the... Read More →
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Michael Rich

Michael Rich is the founder and director of the Center on Media and Child Health, an academic center of excellence at Boston Children’s Hospital dedicated to investigating, translating, and innovating with media to optimize the physical, mental, academic and social-emotional health... Read More →
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Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan is a leading consultant, speaker and trainer for nonprofits, corporations, startups, and executives. He’s doing more than fifty workshops in more than twenty-five cities in more than ten countries this year. In 2018, he and his best friend Andrew Lih launched Digimentors... Read More →
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Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf is an award-winning cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert who has devoted her career to studying how humans read and think. The author of more than 150 scientific publications, Wolf also writes compellingly for a general audience; her 2007 book Proust... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA