Saturday morning quotes 3.26: Gone reading…
We frequently observe far too many people aimlessly thumbing their phones in public places, and far too few people actually reading things that are printed on paper. It turns out that the arcane antique practice of reading things on physical printed paper that one can experience in a tactile manner through the sense of touch results in a better quality of comprehension.
To set a positive example—and perhaps even squeeze in a little rehearsal time—today’s quote is drawn from an article that reminds us to turn off the computer from time to time and live a little.
From the article, “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens,” by Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, Thursday, April 11, 2013
Psychologists distinguish between remembering something—which is to recall a piece of information along with contextual details, such as where, when and how one learned it—and knowing something, which is feeling that something is true without remembering how one learned the information. Generally, remembering is a weaker form of memory that is likely to fade unless it is converted into more stable, long-term memory that is “known” from then on. When taking the quiz, volunteers who had read study material on a monitor relied much more on remembering than on knowing, whereas students who read on paper depended equally on remembering and knowing.