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Reading: up close and personal

There are no significant gender-related differences in the eye’s ability to focus at near distances, so scientists have been looking for other reasons why women need higher power reading glasses than men of an equivalent age. Their paper, in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, suggests that factors such as arm length and reading distance may […]

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Is texting stunting our reading skills?

The general assumption that text messaging encourages unconstrained language is a myth, says Canadian linguist Joan Lee, who contends that texting has a negative impact on people’s linguistic ability to interpret and accept words. For her thesis, Lee asked a cohort of university students about their reading habits, including text messaging, and presented them with […]

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