Anne Mangen

Anne Mangen

Anne Mangen
Norway
anne.mangen@uis.no
MC Chair – WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4
Position Paper

A literary/media scholar by training, my main research interest concerns the impact of material and technical features of the interface (e.g., paper vs. screens; LCD vs. electronic ink) on reading – at different levels (sensorimotor/ergonomic; visuo-perceptual; cognitive; emotional); of different kinds of texts (linear & non-linear; narrative & expository; literary); for different purposes (news reading; information search; study; pleasure reading). My doctoral work (2006) was a theoretical study of the reading of hypertext novels with particular focus on the interrelations between the sensorimotor input during the reader’s interaction with the computer and the felt sense of immersion in the story-world. Currently, I do empirical research measuring the effect of digitization on cognitive and experiential aspects of reading. In collaboration with psychologists and neuroscientists, I compare the reading of different kinds of texts (expository; narrative/fiction; poetry) on various reading devices (print books; e-readers; tablets; computers), measuring the effect of interface features on, for instance, reading comprehension or narrative engagement. I am also involved in developing the national reading assessment for 5th graders – a test measuring aspects of reading comprehension. Finally, an additional research interest is the changing haptics of writing – more specifically, the cognitive and phenomenological implications of shifting from handwriting to keyboard writing as our primary writing mode.

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