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Article: Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

Article: Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Finding someone who reads is like dating a thousand souls. It’s gaining the experience they’ve gained from everything they’ve ever read and the wisdom that comes with those experiences. It’s like dating a professor, a romantic and an explorer.

Article: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

(From The Washington Post, April 6, 2014)

Article: Study: Reading Literary Fiction Can Make You Less Racist

Study: Reading Literary Fiction Can Make You Less Racist

“The benefits of reading literary fiction are many, ranging from making us more comfortable with ambiguity to honing our ability to pick up on the emotional states of others. Newly published research adds yet another positive outcome to that list: It can make us at least a little less racist.”

(From Pacific Standard, March 10, 2014)

Article: Brain function “boosted for days after reading a novel”

Brain function “boosted for days after reading a novel”

“Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.”

(From The Independent, December 28, 2013)

Article: Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

(From Pacific Standard, October 03, 2013)

“New research suggests reading literature increases our ability to pick up on the subjective states of others.”

Book Review: All Natural*: *A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier by Nathanael Johnson

All Natural*: *A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier by Nathanael Johnson An interesting premise to look at an interesting question: is natural really better? The subjects examined seemed like a bit of a mish-mash, though the author had some personal connection to all of them. Not all of them were handled with as much detail though, especially later on in the book, and some relevant questions were overlooked, especially when looking at health/healing and how pigs are raised. An ok book overall though, and it can certainly lead to pursuing some topics further.