Scientific American: Why the Brain Prefers Paper

Sci-Amer-why the brain prefers paper

The Two Sides U.S. website brought our attention to an article in the November 2013 issue of Scientific American titled: “Why the Brain Prefers Paper“.

Based on more than 100 comparative studies, “screen-based reading can dull comprehension because it is more mentally taxing and even physically tiring that reading on paper. E-ink reflects ambient light just like the ink on a paper book, but computer screens, smart phones and tablets shine light directly on people’s faces.  Prolonged reading on glossy, self-illuminated screens can cause eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision.”

As Two Sides notes, the article goes into great detail about why the brain prefers paper and how the human brain interprets written language, perceives text and constructs a mental representation of the text that is similar to the mental maps we create of terrain and indoor spaces.

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