Re: meeting minutes
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:41:58 -0700 (PDT)
A total coincidence but the Harvard Business Review is reporting the results of 
a study on taking verbatim notes on a laptop vs taking notes with a pen and 

The context was a college lecture setting. Consistently the pen and paper 
notetakers out performed the laptop notetakers on exams. The laptop note takers 
recorded a larger amount of notes, but the longhand note takers performed 
better on both conceptual and factual questions. They remembered more 
information more meaningfully.

Even when laptop users were instructed to take the same kind of notes the pen 
and paper students were taking, they still took transcript notes and still did 
as poorly on exams. The laptop makes it too easy to transcribe without thinking.

In a discussion in a meeting, there is even more going on than the words spoken.

Sharon Villines, Washington DC

"The truth is more important than the facts." Frank Lloyd Wright

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