If you have problems memorising things you might not really be in need of taking memory enhancement drugs. The solution might be as simple as this: read the paper version, it will stick for longer.

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  • rehash – consider or discuss (something) at length after it has happened
  • forthcoming – about to happen or appear
  • unfold – (of events or information) gradually develop or be revealed
  • offload – relieve oneself of (a problem or worry)
  • fixity – the state of being unchanging or permanent
  • longhand – ordinary handwriting (as opposed to shorthand, typing, or printing).


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What does the new research suggest?
  • What were the study participants asked to do?
  • How does Mangen explain the results of the study?
  • What were the results of the reading comprehension study condusted by Mangen?
  • What does the research from Princeton University show?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in CAPITAL LETTERS.

This very gradual ________ FOLD of paper as you progress through a story is some kind of ________ SENSE offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you’re reading,” she said. “Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more ________ FIX and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story.

A few other recent studies have explored the effect that ________ DIGITAL has on memory. Mangen published a paper last year that tested digital versus paper reading ________ COMPREHEND. She and her colleagues asked 72 Norwegian 10th-graders to read text either from a print-out or from a PDF on a computer screen. In the end, those who read the hard copy version performed better on a reading comprehension test.


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