The debate about whether it is better to study with a tablet or with paper and pen has been raging for years. A study conducted in Japan indicates that writing on paper makes the brain memorize information better, but the results are not definitive.

Since the arrival of smartphones and tablets and in the daily lives of so many people, many students have chosen to radically change their study methods, replacing pen and paper with a keyboard and a screen, or a tablet and a computer. touchpen. And this has generated a lot of debate, especially within the family sphere.

And it is that, the youngest tend to prefer to develop their studies using electronic devices, while people of an older age tend to opt for more traditional methods. although it is possible that the most interesting thing is to choose to combine both methods.

There is no absolute truth on this subject, but now, a study indicates that writing on paper could make it easier for you to memorize what you write, optimizing the time you spend studying. This study has been carried out by the University of Tokyo, and despite the fact that its results do not allow the absolute superiority of this format to be established over electronic format, its results are most interesting.

And, the study indicates that the use of paper promotes the acquisition of coding information and spatial information that the brain can use as an information retrieval track, which leads to greater brain activation than if a tablet were used.

This study was conducted by separating subjects into groups with paper and pencil, tablet and touch pen, and smartphone. The results of this trial have led to the hypothesis that the hippocampus better integrates the information it picks up from paper into the brain, as it provides more fixed cues for memory encoding.

“Digital tools have uniform scrolling up and down and a standardized arrangement of text and image size, just like on a web page. But if you remember a textbook printed on paper, you can close your eyes and visualize a photo at the bottom of the page on the left side, as well as the notes you wrote down in the bottom margin”, says Kuniyoshi Sakai, author of this hypothesis.

Although these results are far from definitive, they reveal a greater activation of the brain when writing on paper compared to the use of electronic devices, at least in the chosen sample of subjects. So, if you want to know what is best for you, the best way to find out is by trying different study methods to determine which method you memorize or assimilate the most content with.