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Why you should read this out loud

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200917-the-surprising-power-of-reading-aloud

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Why you should read this out loud
Most adults retreat into a personal, quiet world inside their heads when they are reading, but we may be missing out on some vital benefits when we do this.

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Silent Reading Vs Reading It Aloud

Silent Reading Vs Reading It Aloud
  • The ancient art of reading out aloud has many benefits like better recall, a better understanding of complex content, and even strengthening of emotional bonds.
  • In most of our literary history, reading something meant reading it aloud by default, so that one can also listen to what is being read.
  • Silent reading, or reading just in our heads is now the norm, and we keep bottling the words in our heads quietly.

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The Many Effects Of Reading Out Aloud

  • The Production Effect: Researchers have found that people remember words and texts better if those are read out aloud, as compared to silent reading.
  • The Generation Effect: Words said aloud while giving a response to a question stand out, and are distinctive.
  • The Enactment Effect: Spoken words also let us visualize, imagine and even enact certain words, strongly associating them with our memory.

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Pausing Memory Decline By Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is great for elderly people and can delay the onset of dementia and also make certain memory problems detectable at an early stage.

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Humans Read Aloud Naturally

Many of us read aloud more often than we realize. Some automatic reading aloud happens when we have to understand complex legal and academic text, or follow instructions from a manual.

Reading out brings joy, comfort and a sense of belonging among our loved ones, strengthening the emotional bonding.

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