Studies Show We Should Practice Deep Reading On Paper

As we start to learn more about how we digest bring and digital material, we are finding that our brains process digital reading very differently.

PRI reported that neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards "non-linear" reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page. 

They call it a "bi-literate" brain. The problem is that many of us have adapted to reading online just too well. And if you don’t use the deep reading part of your brain, you lose the deep reading part of your brain.

To keep the deep reading part of the brain alive and kicking, researchers recommend setting aside some time each day to deep read on paper.

Educators need to keep this in mind as we choose the required texts for our courses. We know that our students are getting enough screen time outside of the classroom, so we should help create the habit of deep reading in our students to last them a lifetime.


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