Print Is Better For Information Retention, Study Says

05/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education

A study at Arizona State University has found that students had lower reading comprehension of scrolling online material than they did of print-like versions.

The report, "To Scroll or Not to Scroll: Scrolling, Working Memory Capacity, and Comprehending Complex Texts," described how two groups, of 20 students each, wrote essays after reading materials in either in print-like or scrolling formats. Those given the scrolling versions to read had poorer comprehension of the material.

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