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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking

Overview of attention for article published in Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.), April 2014
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Title
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking
Published in
Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.), April 2014
DOI 10.1177/0956797614524581
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Authors

Pam A. Mueller, Daniel M. Oppenheimer, Mueller PA, Oppenheimer DM

Abstract

Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is increasingly common. Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students' capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. In three studies, we found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. We show that whereas taking more notes can be beneficial, laptop note takers' tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 3%
United States 2 3%
France 1 2%
Italy 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 55 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 10 16%
Student > Master 7 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 6 10%
Other 26 42%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 13 21%
Computer Science 8 13%
Psychology 8 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 6%
Other 23 37%

Attention Score in Context

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