Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Here is another interesting article about reading and comprehension and comparing ebooks to printed paper books.

“Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books”

Here is a short excerpt “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.”  I know, for myself personally, when I read and I’m trying to recall something I read, I get a mental picture of what side of the page the quote or sentence I was thinking about was on.

What do other people think?  How do you read and remember?  What do you think about all these new studies coming out talking about either how multitasking and reading online is training our brains to learn in new ways or how reading a printed item allows for more comprehension and understanding?  Can they both be true?

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One Response to Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

  1. This makes good sense. I do the same thing when trying to recall something I read in printed text: recalling spatially where on the page it was, and how far into the book or chapter it appeared. It’s not so tactile with newer technologies, where I prefer using the search function to find exactly what I’m looking for.

    In connection with this spatial organizing, it’s pretty interesting that losing that tactile/spatial feedback decreases accuracy ordering narrative elements chronologically. This isn’t surprising, when I think about it: space is extremely important to conceiving time. I wonder if viewers of movies have this same issue…

    What I do not really understand is the association of deep/slow reading with print. I mean, I can understand it in historical circumstance, where we consider much of what people read ‘on screen’ is short-form (tweets, blogs, texts, etc) vs imagining fat print books. But we can mostly access those fat books ‘on screen’ now, too… Personally, I have to read just as slowly whether in our class packet or on my iPad. When reading for academia (vs grazing or entertainment) I tend to read very slowly in general, tho.

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