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Event Recall On Different Reading Substrates

Event Recall On Different Reading Substrates

A new study compared people reading from a Kindle and paperback and found that, although the emotional response and immersion were similar between the groups, readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse at recalling the order of events in a mystery story.

One of the theories about that is that the decreasing number of pages on the right side of the book as we read paperback is used by the brain as a marker to order events. 

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The Importance Of Research On Reading Habits

A study found that students who read texts in print scored significantly better on the reading comprehension test than students who read the texts digitally. Empirical evidence also indicates that affordances of screen devices might negatively impact cognitive and emotional aspects of reading.

These studies add to the much-needed body of research on the effects of media substrate on humans. It’s important to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content. 

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Readers understand and remember material far better when it is expressed in concrete language that allows them to form visual images. So trying to make the reader “see” is a good goal and being concrete has huge effects.

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The Lost Art Of Reading

In the digital age, where reading material is abundant, sustained and deep reading is falling out of favor. Readers have lost the 'cognitive patience' that they had reading complex works in the pre-internet age.

Deep reading, that was once natural, is now a struggle, thanks to the explosion of shallow material and reduced attention spans.

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