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Reading onscreen and understanding everyday digital distraction

Saturday 24 March: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft Building, LAB003, East Road, CB1 1PT

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 Tyler Shores explores 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.

Tyler Shores is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. For more information and updates follow him on Twitter: @tylershores

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01223 766766

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Age: 15+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free