Five neuroscientists spent a week in late May in a remote area of southern Utah, reports the New York Times—a primitive trip with a sophisticated goal: to understand how heavy use of digital devices and other technology changes how we think and behave, and how a retreat into nature might reverse those effects. As they headed down the tight curves the San Juan River has carved from ancient sandstone, the travelers, not surprisingly, slept better and lost the nagging feeling to check for a phone in their pocket. But the significance of such changes is a matter of debate for...
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