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The Rx for Technology

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David Strayer has known for a long time that there's a restorative power in nature. The University of Utah psychologist is an avid hiker, but his latest research quantifies the benefits of turning off your technology and getting outdoors. After 4 days in the wilderness with no cell phones, laptops or gadgets, people were 50% better at creative problem-solving. On Wednesday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Strayer and Stanford's Clifford Nass about how technology may be rewiring our brains and what we can do about it. (Rebroadcast)

Listen to a selection from Wallace Stegner's Wilderness Letter read by local bookseller Ken Sanders.

Among Clifford Nass' books on our relationship to technology is The Man Who Lied to His Laptop [Indiebound|Amazon]. Professor Nass died on November 2, 2013 in Lake Tahoe. Read his New York Times obituary.

David Strayer is a professor of Cognition and Neural Science at the University of Utah.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.