October 25, 2011 18:34 ET

Twitter Brain: The Effect of Social Media on the Brain With INFORUM

What Is All This New Technology Literally Doing to Our Brains?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2011) - INFORUM announces an event to tackle the questions and implications of our ubiquitous social networking habit and its impact on our brains.

More than a billion people around the world are engaged in a massive and unprecedented experiment in how social media technologies are changing society, commerce, politics, health, innovation, love, work, the arts and more. But what is this new tech literally doing to our brains? This event, in association with The Bay Area Science Festival and the Science & Technology Forum, will discuss:

  • How it impacts who we are as humans
  • How is it making us different from previous generations in how we interact with information, our environment and each other

This provocative panel features a variety of perspectives: a neuroscientist who studies the impact of multitasking on our gray matter as well as experts who believe new social networking may be leading us to a more connected and even better world, and those wary of the physiological and societal impact that social media has on humanity.

  • Adam Gazzaley, founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, who became interested in science since childhood and discovered his passion for the brain during his undergraduate years. His research is focused on expanding our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline and how we can improve our attention and memory abilities.
  • Tiffany Shlain, a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, has created various films in a unique fusion of documentaries and narratives to discuss subjects including politics, cultural identity, technology, and science. Her film, Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death, and Technology, discusses what it means to be "connected" in the 21st century.
  • David Ewing Duncan, author of Experimental Man and Co-host of Tech Talk Radio, will discuss how all of this new technology is affecting us as humans and how it is making us different from other generations in how we interact with information, our environment, and even each other.

The special program will take place at the SF Club Office on 595 Market St., 2nd floor in San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at Follow INFORUM on Twitter: @INFORUMsf or #INFORUMsf.

Media interested in attending should please RSVP to:

  • Enies Burton, INFORUM PR Chair, (415) 597-6719
  • Caroline Moriarity Sacks, INFORUM Director, (415) 597-6719 or

Contact Information

  • PR Contact:
    Caroline Moriarity Sacks
    (415) 597-6719
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