Questions tagged [reading]

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Does a “desirable difficulty” in reading font affect memory retention?

Sans Forgetica is a font designed using the principles of cognitive psychology to help you to better remember your study notes. Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and ...
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Did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe invent a speed-reading technique?

I came across a mentioning of a speed-reading method devised by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) in the (delightful) German novel Risiko (DE, EN) by Steffen Kopetztky. Goethe has a similar ...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

According to the Gaston Literacy Council of Gastonia, North Carolina: Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. That website does not ...
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Does the PX Project increase reading speed by an average of 386%?

Wanting to improve my own reading speed, I found the following as the first result of a Google search: The PX Project, a single three-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in ...
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Are the claims about reading after graduation in this photo accurate? [closed]

A facebook photo here makes the following claims (quoted exactly, errors are in original photo): 33% of High School Graduates never read another book the rest of their lives 42% of college ...
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Are scary fairy tales beneficial for children's psychological development?

There seems to be a popular claim amongst psychiatrists that scary, cruel and other ethically questionable traditional fairy tales are beneficial for the development of a child's mind. People ...
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Is an amber background color better for reading at night?

Google Books app has the Night Light mode. It detects the time of the day and adjust the light accordingly. Is there any scientific study that backs up such statement? Update: Text from image: ...
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Does the 7speedreading software allow people to read over three times as fast?

7speedreading provides speed-reading software that claims: You Will Read 3.471 Times Faster, With Full Comprehension. Or We'll Not Only Refund Your Investment… We'll PAY You $50. All you need ...
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Did Howard Stephen Berg comprehend 80 pages per minute?

On this video, Howard Stephen Berg appears as a guest speaker, where the host claims that he could read 80 pages per minute. That just seems impossible. I understand that speed reading is possible ...
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Do you understand (reading comprehension) more from reading on paper than on screen?

TL;DR: Please see the question title above for the question. All of the following is optional. Source: ... The Science of Paper versus Screens, 2013 April 11, by Ferris Jabr, Scientific American [...
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Do two spaces after a period make speed reading easier?

Since roughly 1960, the typographical style has shifted from two spaces after a period to one space after a period. Some people have claimed that the old convention of two spaces can improve speed ...
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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 away ...
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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 it harmful to read while moving?

My dad has always told me not to read things (just books/papers inside the car) while the car was moving. When I asked why, he said that it puts too much strain on your eyes because the book/paper is ...
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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 ...