Cogent Communication: Overcoming Reading Overload

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Appendix:
Collectanea of
Terse Conclusions

The following set of Terse Conclusions is presented as a categorized collectanea to demonstrate the effectiveness of such a set in aiding assimilating, remembering, and integrating conclusions derived from related journal articles. This set is a good-sized sample (30 to 50 percent) of the TCs available in this highly specific subject area. The TCs in this collectanea have been arranged into an ad hoc order rather than in chronological or some other order within each category so as to present relations among the conclusions more cogently. Also, the categories--for example "Prospective and Retrospective Studies"-- have been selected and arranged into an ad hoc order so as to present the conclusions more cogently than otherwise. These categories are not mutually exclusive.

After reading this set of TCs, the reader may wish to coin an Ultraterse Conclusion, an Ultraterse Explanation, an Ultraterse Intention, Ultraterse Advocacy, and an Ultraterse Admonition. These Ultraterse Literatures will result from assimilating, remembering, and integrating the TCs read. Following the set of TCs are Ultraterse Conclusions, Ultraterse Advocacy, Ultraterse Admonitions, an Ultraterse Explanation, and Ultraterse Intentions that have been derived by authors of the journal articles and by the authors of this volume.

Alternatives to reading such a collectanea of organized TCs are reading the conclusions in the primary papers and reading the conclusions in surrogates such as abstracts. The differences in ability to assimilate, remember, and integrate, as well as in the time required to find and read the originals, should be appreciable.

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