Students retain information better with pens than laptops

Writing notes by hand may lead to deeper understanding of lecture material, study suggests

By Laura Sanders, 12:08 PM April 30, 2014

When it comes to taking notes, the old-fashioned way might be best. Students who jotted down notes by hand remembered lecture material better than their laptop-wielding peers did, researchers report April 23 in Psychological Science.

People taking notes on laptops have a shallower grasp of a subject than people writing with their hands, and not just because laptops distract users with other activities such as web surfing, the new study suggests.

Students from Princeton and UCLA watched videos o...

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