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“What we found was that people on paper started to ‘know’ the material more quickly over the passage of time,” says…

“What we found was that people on paper started to ‘know’ the material more quickly over the passage of time,” says Garland. “It took longer and [required] more repeated testing to get into that knowing state [with the computer reading, but] eventually the people who did it on the computer caught up with the people who [were reading] on paper.”

http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/14/do-e-books-impair-memory/

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  • Intriguing! I wonder how these effects differ for fixed-format digital items, such as PDFs. I also think that free-format items with a rigid internal structure — particular poetry — would be equally memorable in either print or digital forms.

    Tactile contact with a book is also part of reinforcing one’s memory of loci. I remember, I think, the locations of figures on a page and the relationship of text to them in part because I turned the page after lingering for a certain length of time. As touchscreen readers replace readers with buttons, I expect memory to improve slightly.

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Justin Swanstrom

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