Perhaps you’ve toured the Vatican Museum and visited the Sistine Chapel. You have a hastily snapped photo of the ceiling, of course—no better than a print in an art history book, but nonetheless proof you’ve been there. But do you really remember how it actually made you feel: the awe of staring up at the 500-year-old frescoes? Doubtful.
In 2014, a study published in Psychological Science tested the note-taking efficacy of two groups of university students: one that took lecture notes on laptops, while a second recorded notes by hand. Results revealed that the students who physically wrote things down processed the information on a significantly deeper level than those on computers, particularly because they were forced to be more discerning in what they chose to transcribe. By virtue of the speed with which they typed, students on laptops tended to document the lecture almost verbatim.
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