Pathways to research: Pursuing a passion

Young scientists get creative with their after-school work

By Alison Pearce Stevens, 16:36 PM November 19, 2012

While hanging out with friends, Michelle Hackman noticed that many of them texted each other instead of just chatting amongst themselves. That made her curious: Might cell phones be affecting our social interactions — and maybe even our brains?

Before long, the teen was searching for studies that had probed the impact of cell phone use on behavior. She didn’t find any. But she did turn up an industry report saying that more than half of Americans feel nervous when they don’t have access t...

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