Google is altering your brain. More precisely, our growing dependence on the Internet has changed how -- and what -- our brains choose to remember.

When we know where to find information, we're less likely to remember it -- an amnesia dubbed "The Google Effect" by a team led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University.

Goodbye, soul-searching; hello, facts-at-fingertips.

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By Lisa M. Krieger