19 Apr '13, 2pm

Literature Is Hard to Remember—Compared to Facebook

So we tested that directly. We looked at—we had people rate how easy it was for them to think of someone who would write or say something, write that post or write that sentence from the book, and if people were doing this naturally with the Facebook posts, memory wouldn’t be increased, but it would be if they did it for the sentences from books, because they wouldn’t be doing that naturally. But we found that they got a boost in memory for both stimuli types, so for both the Facebook posts and sentences from books, which means that’s not really what they were naturally doing.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/at-work/education/litera...

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