Cambridge Science Festival - Reading onscreen and understanding everyday digital distraction

24 March 2018, 15:30 - 16:30
Cambridge campus

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While the ubiquity of screens in our everyday lives – such as phones, tablets, computers, e-reading devices – has increased the sheer volume of words we encounter, with it has come a seemingly unprecedented amount of potential distractions while we read.

In this session we explore the science of reading, and detail what happens to the experience of reading when shifting from the printed page to screen, or from screen to page, or to bite-sized tweets and other short electronic texts.

Does the medium really matter for the reading experience? How are technologies – both past and present – shaping our experience of reading? How does the medium impact upon our attention and distraction? How are both integral parts of our reading experience? At this event for the Cambridge Science Festival, we explore these questions and more.

Presented by Tyler Shores, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Event Details

24 March 2018, 15:30 - 16:30
Cambridge campus

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