Houston Matters

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 something. It […]

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.

Share