Comparison of Electronic Books and Paper Books in Human Short-Term Memory
Wednesday, June 25 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Location: B3108
Abstract: A project to supply digital textbooks to all elementary and junior high school students is being advanced in Japan. However, there are a few people who are unfamiliar with electronic books and are fond of paper books. The purpose of this study is to compare the usability of electronic books with paper books in human short-term memory. In this comparative experiment between electronic books and paper books, we used the book consisting of almost all texts and the book expounding “economics” with figures and tables on colored pages. After conducting this experiment with university students selected as the subjects, we found that there is no significant difference in short-term memory capacity between electronic books and paper books and both these books can be read as well. The result of our experience suggests that the younger generation who has been using Internet system or digital device since childhood may be able to replace the paper books with the electronic books.