The effect of text navigation and language proficiency on comprehension and memory.
The rise of digital reading has brought about different forms of navigation design, including scrolling and paging. To investigate the effect of navigation design on comprehension and memory, a questionnaire presenting a text with either scrolling or paging was conducted. The results showed no significant difference between the two designs. However, it was found that English language proficiency did have an impact on memory. Readers with a higher proficiency level performed better than those with lower proficiency levels. This suggests that short-term memory is not as occupied with language processing for higher proficient readers. The study did not find a significant effect of language proficiency influencing the effect of navigation design on comprehension and memory. In conclusion, navigation design might not be crucial since readers can easily adapt to either a scrolling or clicking design. Also, higher proficient readers have a better memory score due to their short-term memory not being as occupied with language processing as the memory of lower proficient readers.
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