Decreasing materiality from print to screen reading

Theresa Schilhab, Gitte Balling, Anežka Kuzmičová

Abstract


The shift from print to screen has bodily effects on how we read. We distinguish two dimensions of embodied reading: the spatio-temporal and the imaginary. The former relates to what the body does during the act of reading and the latter relates to the role of the body in the imagined scenarios we create from what we read. At the level of neurons, these two dimensions are related to how we make sense of the world. From this perspective, we explain how the bodily activity of reading changes from print to screen. Our focus is on the decreased material anchoring of memories.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v23i10.9435



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