How Technology is Altering the Minds of the Next Generation
By Rachael Sharman & Dr Michael C. Nagel
In this provocative and informative book, Drs Rachael Sharman and Michael C. Nagel take the reader on a journey where nature and nurture intersect.
Becoming Autistic reflects the concerns of the authors and numerous neuroscientists around the world that environmental impacts, like too much screen time and the lack of socialisation, have neurological consequences on the developing brain. The consequences of developmental changes in young people due to screen use are increasingly being expressed as psychological and behavioural changes that very much resemble known disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.
This important book explores the pervasive impact of technology on the developing brains of young people. It raises questions regarding the trajectory of a generation that may be underdeveloped in aspects of interpersonal skills. Importantly, the authors offer practical ideas for ideas for correcting and changing the current course for many young people, so that subsequent generations can reshape the social norms and expectations of society and set new standards for a healthier outlook.
Dr Rachael Sharman and Dr Michael C. Nagel are both academics and lecturers at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sharman is a lecturer and researcher in psychology, specialising in child/adolescent development. Nagel is an Associate Professor, who teaches and researches in the areas of human development, educational psychology, behaviour and learning. He is the author of many books and articles on neurological development in children.