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Comment: Recall vs Recognition (Score 2, Interesting) 508

by bruthasj (#33393064) Attached to: Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recall_(memory)

I've been studying Chinese off and on for 16 years; living in the region for 10 years. I speak fluently, I read at an advanced level and I input characters at a good pace on the computer. But, I write like I'm still in primary school.

Our brains are literally offloading the recall function to external computational devices. But, as we play video games, watch TV and read, our recognition systems are tuned and trained to a fine degree.

Look forward to what cognitive studies come out of this. I doubt we'll see a total loss, but if we lose the assistance, it'll be interesting to see how humans cope as the skill gap between recall and recognition gets wider.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.

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