Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing
Would you like paper or plasma? That's the question book lovers face now that e-reading has gone mainstream. And, as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC's New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington Post's Mike Rosenwald, who's researched the effects of reading on a screen. “He found, like I did, that when he sat down to read a book his brain was jumping around on the page. He was skimming and he couldn’t just settle down. Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. “They call it a ‘bi-literate’ brain,” Zoromodi says. So what's deep reading? Linear reading and digital distractions have caught the attention of academics like Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. UPDATE 9/22/14: Many of you have asked about the original research in this article.
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