Does Digital Reading Hurt Reading Comprehension?

Schoolgirl Using Computer At DeskReading online may be causing people to skim rather than read in depth according to one expert.

With the vast amount of information that comes in onto people’s computers and mobile devices, reading online is causing people to skim rather than read in depth in order to keep up.

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People Use Same Brain Regions to Read

According Chinese and French researchers people harness the same brain centers for reading across cultures. The results provide further insights about ways to improve reading instruction.

The findings were published this month the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Rather than focusing on ear and eye in reading, the authors rightly point out that hand and eye are critical players,” says Uta Frith, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London. “This could lead into novel directions ? for instance, it might provide answers why many people with dyslexia also have very poor handwriting and not just poor spelling.”

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