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Searching for the Google Effect on People's Memory

Science  15 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6040, pp. 277
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6040.277

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In four cleverly designed experiments reported online this week in Science, psychologists explore how the Internet may be changing the way people handle information. The results, the researchers say, confirm a growing belief that people are using the Internet as a personal memory bank: the so-called Google effect. What surprised the researchers most was not people's reliance on online information but their ability to find it.