Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books - Mic


The debate between paper books and e-readers has been
vicious since the first Kindle came out in 2007. Most arguments have
been about the sentimental versus the practical, between people who
prefer how paper pages feel in their hands and people who argue for the
practicality of e-readers. But now science has weighed in, and the
studies are on the side of paper books. 

Reading in print helps with comprehension. 

A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering
the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback.
Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded
that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the
same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book
does."
Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted
and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain
reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page. Read article...

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