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Study: Reading from a Printed Page Helps You Remember More than Reading from a Screen

In this digital age of ours, some of us will roll our eyes a bit when we see someone print out an article they can just as easily read on their computer or tablet or smart phone. Turns out — at least according to a recent University of Houston study — they might be onto […]

In this digital age of ours, some of us will roll our eyes a bit when we see someone print out an article they can just as easily read on their computer or tablet or smart phone. Turns out — at least according to a recent University of Houston study — they might be onto something.

It could be that people who regularly read the printed word on a physical page may, in fact, recall more information than those who typically only read material on a screen.

According to Dr. Arthur Santana, an assistant professor in the Jack. J. Valenti School of Communication at UH and principal investigator of the study, "In essence, print newspapers are a more effective medium than online newspapers at spurring recollection.”

We talk with Dr. Santana about his study.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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