Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard
"Psychological Science" recently published a research article showing that taking notes by hand is a more effective method than typing them on a laptop when it comes to processing information conceptually. Sixty-five college students watched various TED Talks in small groups, and were provided with either pens and paper or laptops for taking notes. The students were tested afterward. While the groups performed equally on questions that involved recalling facts, those who had taken longhand notes did significantly better when it came to answering conceptual questions.
Laptop users were trying too hard to transcribe the lecture rather than listening for the most important information and writing it down by hand
Another 2012 study indicated writing is particularly important in the cognitive development of pre-literate children.
So there you are. It would appear that the pen is not yet irrelevant.
The original article is here: http://writerscircle.com/cs-longhand-benefits-research/
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