For better memory: Read paper books!

30 Oct

An important article by Ferris Jabar in Scientific American reviews the cognitive effects of reading on paper compared to reading on a screen. His conclusions;

“Studies in the past two decades indicate that people often understand and remember text on paper better than on a screen. Screens may inhibit comprehension by preventing people from intuitively navigating and mentally mapping long texts.”

“Preliminary research suggests that even so-called digital natives are more likely to recall the gist of a story when they read it on paper because enhanced e-books and e-readers themselves are too distracting. Paper’s greatest strength may be its simplicity.”

I think I have noticed this in my own reading. I seem have better memory for things I read on paper. At this point, reading paper books and magazines should be included on any lists of memory improvement techniques.

Unfortunately, the piece is behind a pay wall, but now you have a good excuse to buy the November 2013 paper issue of the magazine.

One Response to “For better memory: Read paper books!”


  1. E-books can disrupt sleep | peakmemory - December 29, 2014

    […] This is in line with other research showing cognitive advantages for paper books. I am not a Luddite and I use my Kindle everyday to read newspapers. In addition, it is great to be able to carry around whole library, but, for a better memory, paper books should be your first option. […]

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