The mnemonic medium may push readers to read more slowly and attentively

In interviews, Quantum Country readers have variously told us that the embedded questions (Mnemonic medium prompts are interleaved into the reading experience) push them to read more carefully, or that the questions help them notice when their focus isn’t sharp. Leaving aside the direct effect of the prompts on memory, the Mnemonic medium’s questions may simply help readers slow down and pay attention when they read. Understanding requires effortful engagement, so this effect may produce deeper understanding.

The review areas also create natural pauses in the reading experience, somewhat similar to Eckhart Tolle’s pause symbol, but perhaps not so reflective. Related: Mnemonic medium review sets create natural breaks in the reading experience

It would be interesting to empirically compare the amount of time readers spend on an essay with and without questions, subtracting off the amount of time mnemonic medium readers spend directly engaged with questions. Eye-tracking data would be interesting tool.

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