Dr Martin Westwell from Oxford University is doing the first keynote presentation on the changes on brainwaves caused by ICT. He's doing a phenomenally interesting presentation about how connections between brain cells are stimulated by learning, by significance and all sorts of other things. Plus, he quotes Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes... always good in my book.
Socialisation rather than information has emerged as the primary use of the internet.I won't document it here, hopefully it'll be podcast, but it's really interesting - especially if you're a computer gamer (Medal of Honor vs. Tetris, and using Super Monkey Ball 2 as a measure of how quick and effective surgeons are) so here's a bit of MoH...
He's talking about interfaces for Learning Platforms - saying that if we increase the gola relevant stimuli in an interface, those who are gamers and have a greater perceptual load capacity will still be easily distracted.
He's got some really interesting reflections and observations about TV in terms of how cognitively demanding it is - comparing Starsky and Hutch and The Sopranos (from the book Everything Bad Is Good For You by Stephen Johnson.