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Does text highlighting distract from reading comprehension?

The other day my lecturer warned against underline or highlighting important lines in your textbook, as it increases your chances of distraction. Harvard Library makes a similar claim: Throw ...
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Will 1 in 4 American children grow up illiterate?

There's a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow currently running. One stat in particular really stands out for me: Right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate. ...
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Does reading off a self-luminous tablet impact the quality of sleep?

I've heard claimed many times that reading an iPad in bed makes for worse sleep quality than reading a book or a Kindle with a bedside lamp, Possible explanations I've heard are because of the ...
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Is the Comic Sans font easier to read for dyslexics?

After getting into an argument with a friend about the use/existence of the Comic Sans font, he said that it is one of the few typefaces that virtually eliminates confusion among dyslexics. It ...
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Is ALL CAPS hard to read?

A 2009 regulation in the US specifies that street name signs "shall be composed of a combination of lower-case letters with initial upper-case letters" (source). For example, "DOLLYWOOD" would not be ...
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Are shorter lines easier to read?

People keep claiming that shorter lines are easier to read - especially when discussing user interfaces and fixed width layouts. I recall a stack overflow question years ago where someone essentially ...
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Can reading on a moving vehicle cause retinal detachment?

When I was a child, I was told that reading a book on a moving vehicle (a car or a bus) could cause the retina to detach. I always doubted that, since I could not imagine how it would happen. Is ...
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Reading while lying down is more strenuous (unhealthy) for eyes

My friend heard that reading while lying down is more strenuous (unhealthy) for eyes. I like reading in bed (books, tablet). Is there some study that confirms this hypothesis? I use two positions ...
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Is it harmful to your eyes to read in dim light?

Is there any scientific backing to the claim that reading in dim light damages your eyes? Related to: Does watching television damage the eyes?
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Is “Your Baby Can Read” effective and helpful?

I have seen these videos advertised online and on TV, and they make some pretty fantastic claims, showing kids as young as 2 reading complicated words. From what I can find online, it uses a ...